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Reflective coatings

This is a discussion on Reflective coatings within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hello everybody & congats to Gilda I'm looking for a source for reflective sheeting. I ...

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    Kenner is offline Junior Member
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    Hello everybody & congats to Gilda

    I'm looking for a source for reflective sheeting. I know paphraguy knows, but after I tell him I want it as a supplement to fluorescent lighting, he might not be so willing to tell me. Sorry, man, I just don't have a whole room to accommodate my new found passion, with HID lighting, yet!

    Kenner

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    Kenner,

    You can buy those mylar sheets from most orchid vendors. But I spent very little and bought the $2 and something sheets that you can find at boxstore in the camping section. Those are very similar to mylar but much cheaper.

    You can actually see mine in the Brassia gireoudiana picture in the Display area.

    Hope this helps!

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    Paphraguy

    Those are great looking plants. But, you still take them outside. Is being outside in the real sun giving them that extra healthy look? And is it necesary?

    Thanks for the info. It was very helpful.

    Kenner

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    No, I don't take them outside like out in the backyard, just in an enclosed bright and sunny porch. Outside in the open, I'm afraid they might get infested with bugs, eaten by bugs, thrown around by heavy winds, get broken as a result, so I feel better when they are in the enclosed porch.

    Here, the summers are very short, so they stay in the porch for about 2 months and then come back inside under the HID lights before it gets too chilly at night around end of Aug or beginning of Sept. Some of the Paphs and Phrags can take hours of full direct Maine sun.

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