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My new orchid setup

This is a discussion on My new orchid setup within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; All high-light orchids - that includes Cattlyas, Dendrobiums and Vandas for me....

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    All high-light orchids - that includes Cattlyas, Dendrobiums and Vandas for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sand_tiger86 View Post
    All high-light orchids - that includes Cattlyas, Dendrobiums and Vandas for me.
    Usually orchids that have a red/purple color to their blooms will also have a slight redish color to their leaves when getting good light.

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    I was wondering about that BD . I have a phal it's leaves are really green , they were that way when I bought it . However reading up on them it said that if the leaves are really green then it might not be getting enough light but I placed it right up front in the window area where I know it's getting a lot more light and the leaves haven't changed color . It is still doing all that it's supposed to do growing new leaves , new roots and all the good stuff . So , my question is are they some plants that stay greener than others naturally ?

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    You're right Bruce! Sunset colored flowers also mean purple pigmentation in the greenery as well when light levels are adequate.

    Yvonni, I would say that Phals leaves do tend to stay greener than, say, Cattleyas when they have enough light. None of mine have ever had that light, bordering on yellowish green color. They always stay medium to dark green and still flower wonderfully.
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    Hey Sand Tiger thanks for weighing in . I was thinking with the really green ones , it might be in their nature to be that green , so ignore all that I've read and leave the plant alone .

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    May I butt in here with a small observation from my limited experience? I have noticed that those of my Phals that usually have pastel coloured or white flowers also have paler leaves that never really show dark pigment, whereas the very strong pinks etc get quite a purplish tinge as well as having darker leaves at all times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flower_Faerie View Post
    May I butt in here with a small observation from my limited experience? I have noticed that those of my Phals that usually have pastel coloured or white flowers also have paler leaves that never really show dark pigment, whereas the very strong pinks etc get quite a purplish tinge as well as having darker leaves at all times.
    Absolutely correct! The flower color, especially with Phals, affects leaf color a lot of times. The darker the flower, the darker and more red tint the leaves have in most cases.

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    Hi Flower Faerie of course you can . My phal , the one that I was referring to , the flower is white with a pink or purple lip and the same color freckles in the center . I will try to post a pic of it . The leaves though are still very green so I'm not quite sure about your theory. Then I have another one , the tag says it's supposed to have a white flower with a red lip maybe and the leaves are really light green . I mean almost if not the same color as my catts , which are outside .

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    The only problem I see with your set up, is that it is going to be very very dry. You need to do something to boost the humidity, like putting them on humidity trays and or putting more foliage potted plants around them to create a good microenvironment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Halloamey View Post
    The only problem I see with your set up, is that it is going to be very very dry. You need to do something to boost the humidity, like putting them on humidity trays and or putting more foliage potted plants around them to create a good microenvironment.
    Well the humidity is about 50-60% most days naturally lately. I did buy three large 3 gallon plastic tubs and filled them with water. I placed them close to my plants, so that should boost the humidity around my balcony a little more.

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