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what have i just done? encyclia atropurpurea/cordigera

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    Question what have i just done? encyclia atropurpurea/cordigera

    ok so i picked up a couple of possible encyclia atropurpurea/cordigera (potential id courtesy of paphioboy), they were extremely healthy and busting out of their pots... so working on an idea from another brilliant members post, while drinking, at night, in the dark... i emptied out a planter box, filled it with 75% shredded treefern and 25% sphag, nestled em in with a couple of small broms and dens for decor and put the box back in its hanger off my balcony... my question is, given the brutal sun that will come this summer, will the partial shade provided by a starburst bush (Clerodendrum quadriloculare) that has many braches extending over the planter box be enough? as i said, i am a bit tipsy, but i was thinking these encyclia can handle a bit of sun...right? humor me, its a 4 day weekend with piss poor weather!
    thanks for any advice...when the sun comes and i see what i have done...ill decide to post pics or just delete this post!!!

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    Looking forward to the pics...

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    Encyclias are very hardy orchids. Most of them do well in bright light. I think there's a good chance that they'll do fine with a little shade from the tree. They do best in a medium that dries very quickly. Good luck.

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    I have seen some Encyclia species growing in full sun, on trees in Mexico ( close to Chichen Itza - well known Inca (?) site). But most plants in cultivation will have been grown in some shade , and plants may need to be acclimatised to extra light. I would watch out for leaf colour - any suggestion of pinkness - (sunburn ! ) would be a warning sign, and you might be able to drape some sort of light shade cloth in front, removing it in stages, or something like that ? if this is necessary.

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    thanks yall for the advice! i was fairly confident that they would be ok where i put them... but like i said, it was my long weekend and after four days of rain there was little left for me to do but get into the whiskey... somehow i thought i really needed see this idea through... at 10pm... putting the planter back into its hanger was a bit of a struggle and when i woke up i found that one of the broms i stuck in there must have gotten knocked out... 4 floors down onto the roof of the first floor entranceway... boo! thats what i get for drunk gardening in the dark!

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    Quote Originally Posted by smurphr View Post
    thanks yall for the advice! i was fairly confident that they would be ok where i put them... but like i said, it was my long weekend and after four days of rain there was little left for me to do but get into the whiskey... somehow i thought i really needed see this idea through... at 10pm... putting the planter back into its hanger was a bit of a struggle and when i woke up i found that one of the broms i stuck in there must have gotten knocked out... 4 floors down onto the roof of the first floor entranceway... boo! thats what i get for drunk gardening in the dark!

    some time the best ideas come to us when we are in this state although are execution of them might not be the best as you have experienced

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