Peter Stegemann is the current President of the Long Island Orchid Society. He has been growing orchids for more than 20 years and has more than 600 plants in his collection.His collection is mostly species from ‘A to Z’, Aerides to Zygopetalum, with attention given to both cool growers and warm growers.
COLD GREENHOUSE GROWING
Many people are surprised when they learn that not all "tropical" orchids from places like South America are in fact "tropical" in the usual sense of enjoying warmth. In fact, many popular and beautiful orchids come from high altitudes where the temperatures may not go down to freezing at night, but pretty close, for much of the year! In our northern temperate climate, we are able to grow a wider variety of orchids than folks in warmer areas, thanks to our cold winters. The key to success with cool/cold orchids is to mitigate the hot summers we also get! Peter Stegemann has plenty of experience with a cold greenhouse of his own, and this month he will explain his methods and what sorts of orchids he grows in these conditions. In this era of such expensive heating fuel, I'm sure many people will find this of interest!