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My new orchid setup

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    Default My new orchid setup

    I wasn't sure whether or not to put this in "growing area" or not, but I decided to opt here since I have a few questions regarding the lighting and such. (Bruce, feel free to move it if you feel this thread is in the wrong spot!)

    So, this is my new setup I concocted two days ago. It's my balcony, Western facing (my only option) with two layers of burlap put over the balcony barring. I know it's hard to tell from a picture, but what do you think about the light? Those are two Cattleys to the left, followed by a dendrobium and a sago palm on the right. I'm going to pot up my Vanda in lava and course bark tonight and stick it out tomorrow. (I could care less about the sago, but I may as well not kill it!) I'm probably going to remove the second layer of burlap in a couple of weeks after they become acclimated to being outdoors, so there won't be quite as much shade.

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    Can I ask Sand Tiger, what's your issue with the palm ? You don't like them ? It's kinda nice and it looks healthy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yvonni View Post
    Can I ask Sand Tiger, what's your issue with the palm ? You don't like them ? It's kinda nice and it looks healthy.
    Oh no, I like it! It's a cutie. It just doesn't do much other than sit there and is incredibly slow growing. It's not my baby like my orchids!

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    I like it Kelly! And I believe that your cattleyas will also thrive with this shaded area. I would wait a couple of weeks, though to see "how" they are doing before you remove anything. It's going to take them a while to ajust to new conditions. If you see ANY sign of red spots or red on the edges of the leaves, that means too much sun. Good luck...And remember, we're going INTO SUMMER here in Texas! Betty

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    I have a few myself and yes they are really slow growers but when they get going they are very nice . We planted a couple date palms seeds and viola !! we have a few nice ones . They have a tougher exterior than yours does . The leaf blade is very sharp and pointed at the end and it has brought blood on a few occasions but I still love them .

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    Thanks, Betty! If I see a little red tint, and it never advances to burn, I'll be happy - that always means my plants are loving their conditions for me. But yes, it is going to be summer soon (It's really summer already for us compared to a LOT of states lol) so I wanted to put them out before it truly hits hard so they can get used to it getting to be more and more of a hard-growing environment outside. I'll probably need some sort of fan blowing on them before long.

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    Really ? Red tint means they are happy ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by yvonni View Post
    Really ? Red tint means they are happy ?
    In my experience, absolutely. It means they're getting a little above what's necessary light, but not exactly burning, either.

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    lol , too many things going on at once I wanted to ask you what's the highest your temps get there in summer ?It went to the wrong thread , oh well

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    For the red tint are you talking generally or just your vandas ?

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