Zygopetalum BG White 'Stonehurst'

Care for Outdoor Orchids

Orchids kept outdoors are more vulnerable to the elements that can damage flowers and leaves. Placing plants in a sheltered position can help minimize wind and rain damage. Here are some general tips:

Growing Orchids in San Francisco's Mediterranean Climate

San Francisco's mild climate is perfect for growing many types of orchids. Being so close to the Pacific means that warm summer days are mellowed by cool, damp ocean breezes (that famous San Francisco fog,) and winter temperatures rarely go below freezing. Many orchids that enjoy these conditions come from similar Mediterranean climates in Australia and South Africa. Others come from cool, high elevations of tropical mountains in Latin America and Southeast Asia. Cymbidiums, from the slopes of the Himalayas, and Masdevallias, from the South American Andes, thrive here. Many varieties of Epidendrum, Oncidium, and Dendrobium also do well outdoors. Zygopetalums and Coelogynes species love the moisture from the fog.

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