If there is one aspect one would wish to emphasise this is the fact that the main habitats
are subject to the summer monsoons. The following summarises the rainfall from the 4 habitats discussed, together
with a comparison with the monthly rainfall from Wellington N.Z. It is significant to note that we have much less
seasonal variation in our rainfall pattern, with generally more monthly rain in the winter and spring, but with
significantly less during the winter months. All the overseas habitats have a marked peak rainfall associated with
the summer monsoon.
The habitats we have discussed have significant cloud cover for much of the year, but especially
during the summer, a period when in this country we have our brightest conditions. It is only the Foothill Mountain
and Tropical High Altitude Habitats that are subjected to bright conditions, and this is only during the winter
and spring. During the summers and early autumn all habitats receive many cloudy dull days. The differing pattern
of rain and clear/dull days between the natural habitats for most of the orchids we grow, and what we naturally
experience in this country, is something we all need to be aware of if we are to be successful in growing and flowering
The above brings together the rainfall and fine days information to emphasise the differences
in environmental conditions.