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Growing outdoors?

This is a discussion on Growing outdoors? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hi y'all! I've decided to throw my orchids outside for the spring/summer. I put them ...

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    Hi y'all!

    I've decided to throw my orchids outside for the spring/summer. I put them in front of the house, which is directly Eastern, so they'll get direct morning sun until about 11-11:30, then partial shade the rest of the day once the sun passes over the roof. I have only my Catts and a Vanda out there, and I was wondering if this is a good idea? I know afternoon sun scorches the piss out of these things, but I assume morning sun would be okay since it doesn't even get into the 80's until the afternoon hits and the sun will have passed over them by that point. Any advice?

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    11-11:30am would scorch my plants here in socal. i would try out a couple cheap (but healthy) test orchids before risking anything valuable. but it depends on how much moisture and cloud cover you get too............

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    This is my first season growing outdoors. I've been very cautious about the late summer sun so i place a white bedsheet that lines the inside of the growhouse. I've only had mild sunburn on one or two Phals. Most likely caused by the change in light and heat levels. As the sun weakens in another months time the bedsheet will come off to allow maximum heat and light absorption in winter. Gawd i'd have to start heating it then...
    But im very impressed with growing outdoors as i've seen results like non other compared to growing indoors. i'm seeing double spikes onmy Phals. Couldn't believe my eyes.

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