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This is a discussion on window filters within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I am a new member to the group. I do have a specific question, however. ...

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    dgourd is offline Junior Member
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    I am a new member to the group. I do have a specific question, however. I have several varieties of orchids, but better than half of them are Phals. (9, to be exact) I live in mid-michigan and have a lovely west window. I noticed the Phal leaves getting dark in color, and gather that the window is too sunny for them ( over 2000). What can I use to create the necessary shade (what can I use to filter the sunshine for at least the summer months) for at least half of the window.

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    Gauzy curtains called 'sheers' should be enough to block a bit of light. Or move your phls about a foot back from the window.

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    I agree with Cindi

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    If the leaves are getting dark in color, then they are not getting enough light. Phal leaves should be light green in color. The darker the color, the more you are going to grow leaves and less you are going to see blooms. JMHO


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