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Growing in western window?

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    What are y'alls thoughts on growing in a western window? I live in an apartment, and I have three windows but all face exactly west. My main one is about 6x6 feet, so it's a decent sized window. However, since it's only western, my orchids get very bright light from about 3p-7:30p (it'll gradually stay light until about 8:30-9p here). The light is, of course, very pounding and hot being in Texas, so I have a fan blowing on them and none seem to be bothered. I have two catts, a denrobium, a vanda and a phal (this guy sits back from the window a little and is happy as a clam). My main question is, is this enough light for the heavy-hitters? Is a western window a good spot for high light orchids?

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    I used to grow in a western window and most of my plants did well...if you think they aren't getting enough light, you could supplement with a fluorescent shop light.
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    Well, the light is essentially direct sunlight for at least 4.5 hours a day. Beyond that, there's not a whole lot of partial sun light, because the sun's only directly western for so long, but there's a lot "ambient" light in the room throughout the day. I guess we'll see?

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    My grow area faces west too. Earlier this year I put the dens, vandas and cattleyas out on my small balcony where they get the full blast of the sun from about 2pm onwards. The dens have started to spike (first time they're reblooming since I got them over a year ago). Nothing happening with the vandas and cattleyas though. The rest of my orchids are further in behind a mosquito screen. The tolumnias seem to like this arrangement. Some of them are flowering again off the original spike.

    I think the fan makes a huge difference. Before all I did was water a lot and they just kept rotting and dying. Now at least I'm seeing some action Keeping orchids in an apartment seems so much more challenging. Or maybe I'm just a terrible gardener.

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    Well my vanda is already starting to look bleached from TWO days in the window and theres really no way to acclimate it (or any of my orchids for that matter). Little bastard. FINE, burn up hell I don't care.
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    Use vinyl blinds...open them bit by bit over a few weeks time
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    OR I could throw it off my balcony and it better hope to God it lands somewhere in Thailand.

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    maybe sheer curtains?

    cheers,
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    Actually a western exposure not very ideal for growing orchids. But I think many people manage. How about placing your plants just a few feet away from the window??? The light intensity rapidly decreases as you move away from the source (your case glass). Slowly you could move it closer.

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    I wonder why my Cattleya's were able to jump right into the window without skipping a beat during the same time of year, but my Vanda acts like it can't handle it. They both came from the same source, with the same light conditions when I bought them. Aren't Vanda's supposed to be quite a bit more light and heat tolerant than Catts (which are pretty high-light orchids as is)?

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