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Can someone educate me on southern windows?

This is a discussion on Can someone educate me on southern windows? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hi all! So, I've moved from my apartment of nearly three years back to my ...

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    Default Can someone educate me on southern windows?

    Hi all!

    So, I've moved from my apartment of nearly three years back to my parents (I know, I know, the economy etc). I was used to having a western exposure at my apartment - this was easy. Direct light from 2-3 until sundown all year long. However, I'm using a southern window at my parents house...now I've heard this is an optimal location, but I don't honestly see how. I rarely ever see the sun shining directly through...it's mostly ambient light. No trees in the way, no other buildings...the sun just seems to rise above the house on its way over the window. Is it just the time of year?
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    Yes, it is the time of year. The sun is much higher in the sky right now than it is during the fall and winter when it drops more towards the southern horizon.

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    Considering how hot your summers can get, a southern exposure could turn out to be quite beneficial as plants will be less likely to get burned even without a curtain or sheer during that period. In the winter, when the sun is far less savage, you will likely get a great deal of light -- mayhap even a bit of direct sun -- but without the intense heat.

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    Thanks y'all! So...they don't get much in the way of sunlight all summer because of the position of the sun? That can't be healthy or beneficial for an entire season...especially during the most crucial growing time (summer).
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    They will likely get a lot of very bright indirect light -- assuming you don't have trees/obstructions or a large overhang -- which will be fine for many orchids -- might even be too much for some low lighters. You'll have to wait and see. Also, if your folks wouldn't get upset, you might try putting some of the chids outside for the summer -- hanging them from a tree, for example. (Although, if your area gets really arid over the summer, keep in mind any outside chids will need a great deal more watering.

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    Perhaps Texas is a lot nearer the equator than I realised ! Over here, at 52 degrees north, the sun stays so low, that for half the year you risk having it straight in your eyes if you are driving in the wrong direction, always assuming that the sun is actually shining at all.

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    i have 2 south facing windows that i use, one gets very bright light all year, except from about september to March, and then i get sun most of the day, so i use shade cloth 70% to shield the plants from burning. in this window i grow a bunch of oncidiums, and whatever else i have to bring in from the winter cold, small vanda types etc. The other window is a sliding glass door with the overhang of the balcony above, but still in october to february i get sun, and again i use shade cloth. this is where i grow my phalaenopsis tree, with maybe 15 or so phals and dorit hybrids stacked up in treefern pots. they have been blooming all year. my sun might be more intense here than yours? i cannot forego the shade cloth without killing my plants.

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    It all depends on whether it's a true south or a SE or SW the light will vary. also the amount of windows and size. For my orchids because I'm in the southern hemisphere our north facing windows are equiveliant. My windows are huge and there is a set of French doors so I'm fortunate enough to grow now going into winter there is less amount of light but still the best orientation for growing
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