The following focuses on plant habitats, and in particular how they affect orchid culture in this country. One facet of natural habitats for most of the orchids grown in this country is significantly different from the conditions naturally experienced here, and this will be highlighted, together with other significant aspects.

SUMMARY

Rainfall

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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.

ChartObject RAINFALL  ALL HABITATS
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 our orchids.

ChartObject CLEAR DAYS ALL HABITATS

The above brings together the rainfall and fine days information to emphasise the differences in environmental conditions.

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