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Windowsill Orchids anyone? Help !

This is a discussion on Windowsill Orchids anyone? Help ! within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hi - I need some help with this one. I currently have alot of Paphs/Phrags, ...

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    Default Windowsill Orchids anyone? Help !

    Hi -
    I need some help with this one. I currently have alot of Paphs/Phrags, about 19 in all. I'm growing all of them in windowsills with SE and SW exposure. High bright light. However, none of my Paphs are blooming. I posted some inquiries and was told that my Paphs all require High Light with Supplemental Lighting, and High Humidity to bloom since they are mostly Multifloral Paphs. Bummer. Is there anyone out their growing their Orchids in windowsills and not in large shelving units with supplemental lighting, misters, etc>? There has to be some orchids that will grow happily and bloom on my windowsills. I always thought Paphs were low light orchids but apparently they require alot more Light than I am able to provide. Thanks.

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    Hi Alan,

    It's the fact that your plants are multiflorals that means more light is needed. There are many Paph. species and hybrids (not multiflorals) that will likely do well in your conditions. Maudiae-type plants are easy to grow and bloom, for example. Paph. fairrieanum is a species that is one of my personal favorites and is fairly easy to bloom and grow. You might want to do some research and see which ones push your buttons .

    Susan

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    I agree with Susan. Don't give up on paphs - there are lots of vini types that grow very well under lower light conditions.

    Cheers,
    BD

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    I grow all my plants on window sills and have very little in the way of extra lighting (just got one bulb for the depths of winter, which I screw into my desk lamp) and I get significantly less light that you do up north here.

    I have bloomed several phals no trouble. And also two paphs, though both sequentials. Also an Epicatt, a Colmonara, Miltonia and a Burrageara, all of which typically require more light than phals or paphs.

    From experience I can say though don't be restrained with the amount of sunlight you give them. Most orchid people/books says, bright indirect light, etc. However, I have decided to give mine as much as they can take (windowsill, south exposure but with a balcony above, so spring and late summer are most intense light directly on the sill for me, the sun being lower but still strong). As in, I don't take them out of direct sun unless they start showing signs of distress. So far, only when one was actually touching the glass that got too hot.

    I would recommend just trying to be less "protective" of their light and see how they do.

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    I also only grow on the window sill and on a table in front of the window. My exposure is SE. I manage to bloom Encyclia and Brassviola right up against the glass and milts, masd, etc.. on the table in front. Just keep trying, you will be surprise on how the "experts" can be wrong

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    Hello. I currently grow all my orchids, mostly Phals, on the window sills. I built my sills so they are larger, filled them with gravel and set the pots on top. I lined the sills with lexan and siliconed the seams. I over water the pots and they drain into the sill were it evaporates, producing the desired humidity that they need to flower. I have posted pics. here before.My Phals bloom twice a year however I have found that they do better in the East window where as the Dens do better in the South.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan View Post
    Hi -
    I posted some inquiries and was told that my Paphs all require High Light with Supplemental Lighting, and High Humidity to bloom since they are mostly Multifloral Paphs. Bummer. Is there anyone out their growing their Orchids in windowsills and not in large shelving units with supplemental lighting, misters, etc>? There has to be some orchids that will grow happily and bloom on my windowsills. I always thought Paphs were low light orchids but apparently they require alot more Light than I am able to provide. Thanks.
    I have been told the opposite--most Paphs are fairly low light plants. (Although the multi-florals are somewhat of an exception, as Susan has pointed out. Not all, though--I've been told cochlopetalum types, of which Pinocchio is probably the best known, will bloom quite readily in lower light. Mind you, I guess there's a difference between this type--sequential--and true multi-floral, such as rothschildianum.) Lots of people I know have grown them with Phals and have bloomed them under Phal light. So don't give up. How long has it been since you have been growing them? Are they definitely blooming-sized? Some of the multi-florals need to get quite large before they bloom. I really do think, based on your description, you *are* providing enough light.

    Cheers,
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    This is an interesting discussion.

    I'm a rank beginner, and only have a few plants at the moment, but so far, they're doing well in my south facing and east facing windows. I've got two Vandas, and two Phals. One Phal is in my bedroom, right in front of one of those east windows, that has a sheer curtain in between. The others are out in my Florida room, and although the windows face south (possibly slightly south west), the light is somewhat filtered by the large trees outside.

    So far, so good. They all seem fairly happy and healthy. I guess time will tell the tale.


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