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Phal question, please

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    Hi,
    I bought a Phal today and I have a question about lighting for it (70% off locally.....I could hardly resist. lol) I would like to place it inside under a lamp with a grow light (in front of a south window) but it would only get between 600-700 fc of light. My question is: If I left the lamp on all day (approx. 14 hrs.), as well as all night....will constant light suffice for only day lighting or is a rest (sleep) period necessary for the Phal?
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    (By the way, the main reason I signed my posts as VC before now was because I thought there was another member named Vicki (??)....and I didn't want our posts to be confusing to you.)

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    I have grown Phals with just filtered southern exposures or in an eastern window.
    As for lighting, you don't want to leave the light on all 24/7 Max of 14 hours with a gradual decrease to 11 hours in the winter.

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    Default thanks Ron

    I appreciate your help, so it's gonna be "day-light only". So, do you think that 600-700 fc is enough for the Phal?
    Vicki



    Quote Originally Posted by Ron-NY View Post
    Vicki

    I have grown Phals with just filtered southern exposures or in an eastern window.
    As for lighting, you don't want to leave the light on all 24/7 Max of 14 hours with a gradual decrease to 11 hours in the winter.

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    Hi Vicki,

    This is from an article on Phalaenopsis Orchids in our communities article library. Maybe it will help you.

    First: LIGHT Requirements.
    There are many different versions of how much lights phals need. If you do a search online you can find several. Here is what I have learned. Phalaenopsis do grow in lower light conditions. Their necessary light level requirement for growth is between 1K and 2K foot candles of full spectrum light. Measuring light levels can be a complicated task. If you are a photographer or know how to read a light meter, you are ahead of the game, but even us amateurs who have little knowledge of technical gadgets like light meters can judge light levels by observation. Here is how. First, place your Phal in an east or south window. (If using a south window, be sure to have some sheers or some way to filter the strong afternoon light.) The foliage of your Phal will tell you what it likes. If the leaves appear yellow-green, the light is correct and you will get blooms when the plant is mature enough to bloom. If the foliage appears dark green (beautiful forest green or darker) or your new leaves appear to be growing longer and more narrow than the old leaves, then you need to increase the light because it is too low - falling below the 1K foot candle mark. IF you grow African violets, you can probably grow them in this location! Phals require just a bit more light to bloom.

    SO, to recap: East or South window (filtered light). If leaf color is yellow-green, you are doing great. If the color gets dark green or new growth is longer and more narrow, increase light levels. Techno-experts with light meters: 1000 to 1800 foot candles are the best growing range for these frequent and long-lasting bloomers.
    See the full article here: Growing the Phalaenopsis Orchid (Moth Orchid)

    Cheers,
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    Default thanks Bruce

    I'm sorry, Bruce....I didn't realize that there is a communities article library. When I was browsing the site, I overlooked it.....so obviously, I should take a closer look.....and I will.

    Also, for the sake of learning more about the different forums, should I have posted this type of question in another forum, or was this forum choice ok? Never hesitate to correct me and/or clue me in on something. I really appreciate help.
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    Hi Vicki,

    This is from an article on Phalaenopsis Orchids in our communities article library. Maybe it will help you.



    See the full article here: Growing the Phalaenopsis Orchid (Moth Orchid)

    Cheers,
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    No worries. And if you happen to post a question in the 'wrong' area of the forum - it can easily be moved. Relax and enjoy!

    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brutal_Dreamer View Post
    No worries. And if you happen to post a question in the 'wrong' area of the forum - it can easily be moved. Relax and enjoy!

    Cheers,
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