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North-Western Kitchen Window?

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    So, I'm starting to get a lot more bright sun in my northwestern facing kitchen. Maybe 2 or 3 hours in the later afternoon. Any ideas on what might be interested in growing here for the summer? No, not buying anything new, thinking more of relocation. I've got a couple of little ones that might like it maybe, but not sure if it is even enough light for them. The masdies are a possibility. I have warmer growing masdies, but it is one of the warmer rooms in the house, warmer than where they are now. Another possibility is the Sedirea japonica. And I have those phal types. Too little light for these?

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    If you're really getting 3 hours of good bright light, you might try a couple of the Phrags. (Forget now how many of those you have... ) I think direct afternoon sun would be too bright for the Masdevalias, ditto on the Phals, and the Paphs would just get bleached out. If the sun doesn't just burn on in, my understanding is that the Sedirea might be ok too. Do you have some sheer curtains or something that could filter that sun a little bit?

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    I don't think I would call it direct. Sort of, across the room from the window, in the dining room.

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    3 hours of direct afternoon MA sun should be fine for high light loving Phrags and multifloral Paphs, they'll love it! Now 3 hours of direct afternoon FL sun is a BIG NO NO!

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    Ok, but I don't think it is direct! It's like, across the room from the window. Sun hits for a while, but I don't think it is PHRAG light. A.m. south light for a couple hours seems more phrag like to me. This is like between 3-6 p.m., streaming in 2 casement kitchen windows and a sliding glass door, but not IN those windows, against the wall maybe 6 feet back.

    Sorry to be less clear than necessary. Whoa, am I totally mis-interpreting direct vs. indirect light?

    (Hmmm, didn't bring camera home tonight - wishing I did. Perhaps I'll take a pic tomorrow...This camera is your downfall you know - I'll never stop pestering you all now!)

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    Heather, your plants won't like it being way across the room from the window. They should be right up <b>AT</B> the window as close as possible.

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    Ok, Thanks! Sun doesn't hit the window directly, I don't think. That sounds idiotic, but not convinced this is enough light for any fairly high light loving plant. I'm just going to post a pic.

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    If it's dead-NW, I don't think it's ideal for high-light paphs & phrags. They might bloom, but I think it's a better window for things like phals, mottled-leaf paphs, masdies. And only if they're fairly close to the window, NW is pretty dim most of the day. Remember, a certain threshold has to be reached for photosynthesis to occur. If it's more W than NW, then maybe you can start adding higher light paphs & phrags (although I would stay away from the pure coryopedilums and the long-petalled phrags).

    Also within section coryopedilum, there is a great deal of variation with regards to "preferred" light level. At the high end of the spectrum would be things like philippinense, roths, stonei maybe, whereas things like sanderianum & platyphyllum don't like much light at all--just a shade above mottled-leaf. I have a Fumimasa Sugiyama (platy x sand) that is right in the middle of my mottled-leaf area.

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    These windows are directly opposite where my plants are now so pretty dead north/west. More north if anything. The sun moves around a lot back here in the late afternoon, so putting something right near the window wouldn't work too well, except the kitchen windowsill which could fit like, one plant.

    So, I think I won't mess with them. Thanks guys!

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