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Hmm..window exposure

This is a discussion on Hmm..window exposure within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I'm curious to know, what is everyones experience with eastern exposure windows and their orchids? ...

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    Default Hmm..window exposure

    I'm curious to know, what is everyones experience with eastern exposure windows and their orchids? Everything always says that an east window is the "ideal" location, even to bloom cattleyas (?!), but it just seems like you won't get nearly strong enough light from an east window. Am I wrong?

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    Hm, I think that totally depends on where you are and your weather conditions. I for example have literally all of mine in full sun south windows, including paphs and phals. So far, no sunburn on anything. The only shade is from other plants. But I live way up north where the winters are very dark and even when the sun does glare down, like in the past couple of weeks, the angle greatly reduces the intensity that gets down here.

    Just going as far south as New York City in the USA would make a huge difference (for comparison I am at approximately the latitude of Edmonton, Alberta in Canada).

    So combine the latitude with the jet stream (i.e. lots of English rain), I let my orchids get at much sun as they can take, hence the south window 75% of the year.

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    I have an east-facing window in my office. Orchids do quite well there. East windows give your orchid morning sun when the temperature is still low so the orchids don't get burned. However your orchids would get only a few hours of good sun light and that might not be enough. A southeast or a south facing window might be better. You just have to experiment with it. My 2 cents!!!

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    In our area...East light alone is good for paphs, phals, miltoniopsis, and other "low light" orchids.

    However, I seriously doubt you'll get a catt to bloom in said light, that's why my Eastern exposure is supplemented with my light stand.


    Quote Originally Posted by sand_tiger86 View Post
    I'm curious to know, what is everyones experience with eastern exposure windows and their orchids? Everything always says that an east window is the "ideal" location, even to bloom cattleyas (?!), but it just seems like you won't get nearly strong enough light from an east window. Am I wrong?

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    I did grow my plants indoors in an east facing bay type window set up . I bloomed Catts and ascocendas in it . I prefer east exposure because of the cooler am. sun .. Gin

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    I use a south window that gets all day light ,but not direct sunlight (there is a Little bit of an overhang). All my orchids seem to like it.

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    I'm voting for a southern exposure. I have re-bloomed a catt two years in a row in a full exposure south window. I have to pull the phals back from the window about two feet or they sunburn.

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    Good topic, Kelly. It is interesting to see all the different responses from all around.

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    I grow most of my plants in a SW window- full sun. In the spring and summer I run fans and am careful with arranging lower light plants behind others or shading some.

    My paphs and such grow in a west window that gets a little bit of bright afternoon sun and they do well there.

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    South facing window in NYC, full or partial sun depending on weather, time of day, season etc... A few yellow-ish leaves on some plants, some small sunburns sometimes but nothing serious.

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