Q. Can I grow orchids outdoors in the Northeast?
There are a number of hardy orchids that are native to the Northeast; they can grow well only in distinct habitats and often require a strong mycorrhizal association. Examples are the lady-slipper orchids (Cypripedium acaule, C. aretinum, C. candidum, C. pubescens, and C. reginae), grass pink orchid (Calopogon tuberosus), rose pogonia or snakemouth orchid (Pogonia ophiglossoides) and fragrant (or swamp) lady's tresses (Spiranthes odorata). However, most of the orchids that we grow at home are tropical or semi-tropical and need warmth. Potted orchids can, however, be moved outdoors during the summer. Place them in a protected area.
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- Courtesy of NYBG Plant Information Service