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Zygopetalum help

This is a discussion on Zygopetalum help within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Well, hopefully I can get this thing right! It does get hot in my apartment...such ...

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    Well, hopefully I can get this thing right! It does get hot in my apartment...such a small space with the afternoon sun blaring in the window creates an oven-like environment even with the air on. Temps. tend to stay around 90 degrees for about 5 hours. The rest of the time it's anywhere from 75-85 degrees.

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    I hope it's your spare room...up here there is no AC and temps can go over 100 for a while in late summer. My plants are much better outdoors especially then. Nights dip pretty low, but indoors its still quite warm even with windows open. I would think most of your plants could handle those temps for a while with a fan running.
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    Yep, they're in my spare room but my whole apartment is like that. I had my Vandas right up against the window and they were getting very depressed and a little bleached. I put them back outside. They wouldn't have gotten enough light away from the window so I decided that was the best move for this time of year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sand_tiger86 View Post
    Well, if I had given up I wouldn't be working on this Zygo! lol The only Dendrobiums I care for are the antelope type, and from what I understand they require the most light of all Dends. I really wish my place had south windows! All I have are western exposures which I feel are A) too hot and B) too short in the length of light received.
    I bought my first Dendrobium yesterday -a spectabile. This requires HIGH light and I live in the UK so I will have to get supplimental lighting in the form of LEDs. I am just going to get a cheap clamp on reading lamp which I can place anywhere and clip it on to anything and I shall get a screw in LED 11w cool white 4000k bulb. A cheap and inexpensive method of providing suitable light to your orchid without getting in the big boys T5s, CFLs, and all of that type of thing. I don't want have an industrial look when it comes to lighting and when I found out that a simple led bulb will do the job I started looking at other types of orchid. I have always wanted a spectabile and now I can finally provide what it needs.
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    Kelly, I have great Zygo's going. I live in Pretoria, S.A. Climate is warm, as in 35 + in summer and cool winters. I keep myne outside and water twice weekly ( soaking )during winter and daily in summer. I grow them in that chopped tree fern stuff that you buy in compressed blocks and then soak to swell out. I wash the potting mix then with 5% bleach to clean and add some small stone to give mass to the small pot, just to keep it from falling over in the breeze.Plastic pots is good but all are hanging and not sitting in saucers. We are in late winter now and 3 year old plants are all in spike with up to 6 blooms each.

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