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This is a discussion on light supplementation within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; hi everyone. im new here and i have a question for those who use artificial ...

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    Lightbulb light supplementation

    hi everyone. im new here and i have a question for those who use artificial lights in conjunction with natural light. i live in montana and grow orchids in my south-east facing window. i was thinking of getting some supplemental light and was wondering what everyone one else is using. are two 4' fluorescents enough? does anyone use those mini 150 watt hps compact light systems? any thoughts? thanks in advance!

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    Welcome to the forum!

    We need to know what kind of orchids you're growing. A south east window with supplement lighting should work well for most low to medium light orchids.

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    ok... my collection is kind of a mixed bag. ive got eleven plants that all hang out next to the window on a shelf that is about 4'X1.5'. the window is a large one (i dont have the exact dimensions, but maybe 5'X5'). it is unobstructed by any other buildings/trees/posts, etc. the exposure is mostly south, with just a little east.

    paph. praying isabel (pete -- you would be happy to know that this is the plant that got me started)
    phrag. court jester
    paph. micranthum
    rhyncholaelia digbyana
    brassia mem. fritz boedecker
    beallara marfitch 'howards dream'
    eplc. charlie brown 'red baron'
    chysis laevis (not next to window -- nursing in sphag and bag)
    paphinia majestic
    onc. mendenhall 'monarch'
    onc. mem. bill carter X onc. mendenhall (right now im in love with these butterfly flowers)
    zygo. (prospect hill X warringal wonder)
    slc. tangerine jewel X blc. george king 'serendipity'

    ok. there are more than eleven, but whos counting?

    ive got the plants on a few gravel trays and a fan that runs all day. i know ive got a lot of plants hanging out together, so i figured circulation = good.

    thanks for your help, pete!!

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    I think your south east facing window should be good enough for your Paph and Phrag, not sure about your other genera because I grow mainly large multifloral Paphs and Phrags.

    My high light loving plants hated fluorescent lights and when I switched to HPS systems, they really perked up and have been growing and blooming very happily ever since.

    If your Paphs and Phrags are mature plants and not blooming, then you should provide more brighter light and a night temp drop in the winter for a few weeks. Good air circulation is very very important which you're quite aware.

    Hope this helps!

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    my praying isabel is a mature plant with one fan in bloom , two mature fans that will probably spike in more than a few months, two baby fans, and one back growth/fan (is that what thats called?) that bloomed last year. so thats a good sign. there are also inflorescences on one of my psychopsis and my paphinia majestic. im thinking of lights mostly to help with the glum winter days here.

    thanks again, pete!

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    I have 2 Psychopsis, a papilio and a hybrid and both are in bloom for more than a year and the spikes are still producing blooms after blooms, so don't cut the spikes off.

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