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Shade Percent question for orchids

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    Post Shade Percent question for orchids

    To all the Orchid experts out there.
    How do you rate the Shade in the pics?
    60%, 80%, 100%?

    Thanks.




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    It is hard to tell from this pic, but the plants do not appear to be in sunlight? You can download a luxmeter or a photometer app for your android or i phone, it works quite well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Halloamey View Post
    It is hard to tell from this pic, but the plants do not appear to be in sunlight? You can download a luxmeter or a photometer app for your android or i phone, it works quite well.
    yes the plants are not in sunlight...

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    But then how can we characterize shade %, for shade nets it is usually calculated as the amount of sunlight reflected to the amount of sunlight transmitted, so a 50% shadecloth reflects 50 % light and allows only 50% in making a 50% shade.
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    yes the plants are not in sunlight...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Halloamey View Post
    But then how can we characterize shade %, for shade nets it is usually calculated as the amount of sunlight reflected to the amount of sunlight transmitted, so a 50% shadecloth reflects 50 % light and allows only 50% in making a 50% shade.
    The plants seem to be doing well and are putting new roots and growth, so I think the conditions are right.

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    I agree with Amey, it's not possible to tell from the picture. Your oncidium types and phals seem to be healthy enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catttan View Post
    I agree with Amey, it's not possible to tell from the picture. Your oncidium types and phals seem to be healthy enough.
    Thank you,

    On a different note, I know that might sound stupid, but I have to ask.
    Would a mosquito net be beneficial as a shade cloth, I have a fairly large one, since I'm currently using a piece of drape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by empiref View Post
    Thank you,

    On a different note, I know that might sound stupid, but I have to ask.
    Would a mosquito net be beneficial as a shade cloth, I have a fairly large one, since I'm currently using a piece of drape.
    I don't see why not - it might even keep out undesirable insect pests. Only thing neighbours might think you sleep with your orchids !( Come to think of it; not a bad thing actually).

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    Quote Originally Posted by catttan View Post
    I don't see why not - it might even keep out undesirable insect pests. Only thing neighbours might think you sleep with your orchids !( Come to think of it; not a bad thing actually).
    Thank you Cattan,

    I will fold it so it'll be a couple of layers and use it instead of the drape when my orchids are in the sun.

    Who cares about the neighbors!

    Orchids have taught me how to be patient.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catttan View Post
    I don't see why not - it might even keep out undesirable insect pests. Only thing neighbours might think you sleep with your orchids !( Come to think of it; not a bad thing actually).
    Thank you Cattan,

    I will fold it so it'll be a couple of layers and use it instead of the drape when my orchids are in the sun.

    Who cares about the neighbors!

    Orchids have taught me how to be patient.

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