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Southern window = no good in the Summer

This is a discussion on Southern window = no good in the Summer within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I'm having an issue with my southern window during the summer. I do have a ...

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    Default Southern window = no good in the Summer

    I'm having an issue with my southern window during the summer. I do have a slight overhang, but it literally gets almost no light because the sun is simply too high up in the sky by the time it reaches the southern exposure. It just completely skips over it. This is quite contradictory to all the glowing reviews I've read on Southern exposures. I live in Texas, so maybe it's got something to do with my location down low in the US? Does anyone else know when my Southern window will be of any use? Right now I'm having to rely on Eastern and Western exposures.

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    What are you wanting to grow in that window? Direct, summer sun is too intense for many plants.

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    Trust me, no light in any window in my home is too much. It's a brand new house with double paned UV filtered windows. It's literally hard to get good light.

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    I have a southwest & east window, however, I have no awning or overhang. The sun blazes in there all afternoon (actually most of the day) but I found I can direct the light by a horizontal wooden blind (yes the old-fashioned kind). The bottom part of the greenhouse/bottom shelf plants just got so hot I had to put shade film on the window. The type of blinds you get should enable you to adjust the amount of light. And this overhanging..... what is it and can you remove it? I would try the blinds that will direct the light towards the plants. If that fails, you may need to look at modifying this "overhang". BEST OF LUCK TO YOU! P.s. at least you don't have too much light!

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    The overhang is just part of the house. It's a roof overhang. But that's not the problem, really. The problem is, by the time the sun should shine into the Southern window, it's so high in the sky that the window only recieves indirect light all day. Perhaps it's a southern thing, the sun being so high up in the summer time.

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    Default RE: Southern window = No good in the summer

    Quote Originally Posted by sand_tiger86 View Post
    The overhang is just part of the house. It's a roof overhang. But that's not the problem, really. The problem is, by the time the sun should shine into the Southern window, it's so high in the sky that the window only recieves indirect light all day. Perhaps it's a southern thing, the sun being so high up in the summer time.
    I have two windows facing south, with a smaller greenhouse there. You're absolutely correct when you say the sun is very high in the sky in that direction. I probably missed something very important that would've helped me understand why you're not getting enough sun (or any sun!) there. HOWEVER, with the help of the horizontal blinds, I can tilt the slats of the blinds, redirecting where the sun goes. (On the very bottom shelf, almost on the floor, I have Kefersteinia pulchella, Kingidium hookerianum, WHICH HAS BLOOMED TWICE, a Sarcochilus Melba hybrid, Cischweinfia sheehaniae, Cadetia (Dendrobium) chionantha, even Angraecum scottianum, & a few others.). This probably will not work at all when the weather becomes cooler, the hours of sun are less and there are more cloudy days (at least where I am, in Michigan). From what you say, you probably couldn't grow Cattyleas, LC hybrids, or species like Renetia, but it sounds like you may have some things to choose from (unless your collection is exclusively high-light loving orchids). AGAIN, I APOLOGIZE FOR POSSIBLY MISSING SOMETHING THAT WAS VERY IMPORTANT TO THE ISSUE. I just checked my orchid spreadsheet. For Angraecum scottianum, under "light requirements", it says, "moderately bright/morning OR LATE AFTERNOON NOT MID-DAY". In my opinion, that would mean either east or a small amount of West light (but definitely NOT a southern exposure, which explains why it's doing just fine there). No one really knows your conditions except you, your expectations, or what's in your collection and their requirements. I COULD BE COMPLETELY OFF-BASE WHEN I SAY A BLIND MIGHT HELP REDIRECT THE SUNLIGHT. I just know it works for me and I even have to block out some of the sun in a few places. (Toward the very late afternoon, just before the sun hits the west, the sun catches a corner of the 2nd greenhouse and scorches whatever is in that corner! I've lost a few because of my lack of attention to this detail Hopefully, you have other options or may even consider supplemental lighting, another tool I utilize for those stretches of long, gray days in midwinter (and I mean NO SUN at all Even if this doesn't help you at all, maybe it will help someone else who reads this! I know how frustrating it can be to not be able to change something. GOOD LUCK... there are plenty of much smarter people out here than myself.....where are you? LOL!

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    The overhang is just part of the house. It's a roof overhang. But that's not the problem, really. The problem is, by the time the sun should shine into the Southern window, it's so high in the sky that the window only recieves indirect light all day. Perhaps it's a southern thing, the sun being so high up in the summer time.

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    I have a sunroom with southern and western facing windows. The windows are 30% tinted with no blinds. My plants do fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sand_tiger86 View Post
    I'm having an issue with my southern window during the summer. I do have a slight overhang, but it literally gets almost no light because the sun is simply too high up in the sky by the time it reaches the southern exposure. It just completely skips over it. This is quite contradictory to all the glowing reviews I've read on Southern exposures. I live in Texas, so maybe it's got something to do with my location down low in the US? Does anyone else know when my Southern window will be of any use? Right now I'm having to rely on Eastern and Western exposures.
    Texas is pretty far south so a southern exposure could affect your plants in such a way that by the time it gets to that window, it is hopelessly too high or too low to be of any benefit. I'm in Michigan,way north, and as I said, you could possibly fry an egg in front of that window. I bet that's what it is. Did you Google "southern exposure" and "Texas" or "Southern exposure" and "southern states"? (yes, with the quotation marks around the terms.)......let us know if you find anything!

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