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Brassavola Little Stars

This is a discussion on Brassavola Little Stars within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Originally Posted by jtlqh That is pretty, I think if you give it more light ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtlqh View Post
    That is pretty, I think if you give it more light in the summer, it will reward you with tons of flowers.

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    Back to B 'Little Stars'.....

    How much light is good for her? I've had her in my new orchid house for about a week. Her leaves have begun to take on a reddish tint, but none of the other orchids have (catts, dends, vandas). According to the light meter she is in only about 30% shade during mid day. Is that too much light? She is otherwise healthy. Suggestions?

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    Mine gets a lot of light, but it's not Florida light. It's a sunny day, and it's 11am. I just read 7,000 foot candles from the position of the leaves. And the window it's in gets light most of the day.

    Some of my leaves have a reddish tint as well, but I assumed that was more a new leaf thing, than a sunburn thing. Kind of like Phals. Anybody else care to opine?

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    Quote Originally Posted by IdahoOrchid View Post
    Here is some math for you. If you have 10 four inch pots and there is a certain distance between each, say two inches. Now, if you move each pot one inch closer to each other you get a net gain of NINE inches. That is enough room for TWO more four inch pots!
    Okay so now I just need to do enough shuffling to accomodate at least 15 extra pots

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    There you go Elena. Don't mind the nay sayer Kerry. That is why leaves are flexible!!!

    OK, if you REALLY want to talk about brassovola: I was told by the person I got my division from that you can tell if it is getting enough light that it will have a spattering of red on the leaves. I don't think you want it to be completely red (although it would not hurt for short periods as I have done that), but a nice flush indicates adequate light.

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    Arg! Mine (a nodosa actually, not little stars) is at school and I want to know right now if there is red tint to the leaves!? I've beefed up it's light big time trying to get it to do SOMEthing. I've been watching lots of new growth appear this spring after watching new root growth last summer/fall.

    I'm IMpatiently waiting for spikes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtequine View Post
    I'm IMpatiently waiting for spikes!
    LOL, or in my case, spike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Piper View Post
    LOL, or in my case, spike.

    McJulie

    LOL...errr, right, that would be singular in this case, wouldn't it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by IdahoOrchid View Post
    There you go Elena. Don't mind the nay sayer Kerry. That is why leaves are flexible!!!

    OK, if you REALLY want to talk about brassovola: I was told by the person I got my division from that you can tell if it is getting enough light that it will have a spattering of red on the leaves. I don't think you want it to be completely red (although it would not hurt for short periods as I have done that), but a nice flush indicates adequate light.
    Yeah! thanks for the info. nice flush it is.

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    Well---here is my B. Little Stars---which seems quite happy. The week it started blooming I got a terrible cold and couldn't smell anything! But now on the mornings I get up at 5am I can still smell them when I walk out of my bedroom. There are 3 blooms and 2 more to come soon---wonderful scent (to me).

    People must smell things differently because my husband says it smells like "old gym shoes" (I think he says it just to aggravate me)----what primitive nasoreceptors!!! I wish my old gym shoes smelled half as pleasant!
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    Cindy, maybe he's smelling his own feet, over the Little Stars, LOL!

    Yours is lovely! Look at all those blooms! (I'm easy to impress with this cross...)

    Congrats!
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