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Total darkness?

This is a discussion on Total darkness? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Everyone is very concerned about giving their orchids plenty of light. That, for me, is ...

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    Everyone is very concerned about giving their orchids plenty of light. That, for me, is *never* a problem. I am , however, very curious about how needy orchids are of total darkness at night. Right now, I have all of my orchids in my kitchen until my new block window I have in my typical growing area is 100% finished. The only thing that worris me is the kitchen does't get total darkness. I live on a street with a few street lamps that luminated my kitchen a bit. I move my orchids to a crevice where there is the least amount of light. Do you think for the temporary amount of time , it will prevent my orchids from potentially flowering? Am I being an orchidcondriac?

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    Traci, the rule of thumb is, if there's enough light to read by, it's too bright. The plants really do need darkness at night to grow and bloom properly, so you might want to shade that window if you can read by the light of those streetlamps coming through.

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    I know some orchids will care a lot more than others...Catt. labiata flowers in response to shortening days in the fall. Not sure if it affects paphs much though. (and of course I wouldn't know about other genera)

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    Quote Originally Posted by lja
    Traci, the rule of thumb is, if there's enough light to read by, it's too bright. The plants really do need darkness at night to grow and bloom properly, so you might want to shade that window if you can read by the light of those streetlamps coming through.
    ack, well , last night I covered them up with a black sheet. I need to buckle down and get the room finished. Then my orchids (and I) will be happy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jmoney
    I know some orchids will care a lot more than others...Catt. labiata flowers in response to shortening days in the fall. Not sure if it affects paphs much though. (and of course I wouldn't know about other genera)
    I'm clueless too. The more I think I know, the less I actually know.

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