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This is a discussion on how much light... within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I noticed the same thing, now THAT is someone who knows how to grow phals! ...

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    I noticed the same thing, now THAT is someone who knows how to grow phals! Any secrets to share?

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    Liz, your pics and your plants look great! Your plants look like they are enjoying themselves outdoors!

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    Oh my I can't take all the credit. Two of them are fairly new and were in spike when I got them, and the other two were in bloom when I got them. Although, those two have been in bloom since April and May, and they're making new buds and branches, so at least I'm not killing them

    Other than that, I live in San Diego and have fantastic weather for growing orchids outside. When I realized I wasn't giving them enough light inside near a big window, my husband made me the shade porch. I cannot overstate how much better everything has grown since they went outside in April. I think it's a combination of good light, good temperature (with day and night differences), good humidity (with day and night differences), and good air circulation. I can't take credit for that. But, I've had dendrobiums bloom, my oncid twinkles are spiking, others are doing lots of new growth, all the phals have grown at least one (some two) leaves, and I think there are at least 6 other phals that are spiking, some with two spikes. They are all in sphagnum with styrofoam peanuts in clay pots and get watered with a weak fertilizer and sometimes SuperThrive solution whenever the sphagnum gets dry on top, not quite crispy. Every so often, I mist the arial roots, leaves, or top of the moss if it looks like it could use it.

    I just ordered a better light meter and a high-low thermometer/hydrogmeter (is that the right word?) so I know when it's time to move them into the grow section of the garage (my hubby's next project.) I just have to get them through a few months inside.

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    Wow Liz! Healthy and beautiful plants! Nice job! What about the vandas? Do they bloom well for you?

    Cheers!
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    Liz, your growing area looks great. Somewhere I read that Phals cannot be grown outside but obviously that is not true....

    Can I ask where you got your light meter and how much?

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    The most amazing thing about the shade porch is that it was so cheap and easy (for my husband to put together. It would be really nice to have a big greenhouse one day, but this fits my needs perfectly and can be enlarged in time.

    Brutal, the vandas/ascocendas are new so I don't know how they bloom yet. One is an Ascda. Suksamran Sunlight Gold, one a Rlla. Margaret’s Jewels, and one a V. Fuchs Delight x Ascda. John Debaise. I have them on the east side now; if they don't get enough sun there, I can move them to the other side, but that gets full sun from 1 pm on, which might be too much. This is my first try with ascocendas; any tips are appreciated!

    Cinderella, I got the light meter on ebay from a seller called seedsetc1; it's a Hydrofarm light meter that goes to 5000 fcs (my cheap one only went to 2000, which was a problem since full sun registered 2000) and it was $30 including shipping.

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    Which orchids like the swing?

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    Everything looks great, Liz. Did you decorate your pots that way, or did they come like that? Love your red phal.

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    Depending on how "hot" the full sun is there, is whether your vandas can take it. Here where I live, the sun is too hot for it to be out in full complete sun, but it gets full sun at about 2-5. The thing isn't sun burnt or anything, and growing a mass of roots from the high humidity. Since I live at the beach, I too enjoy a breeze at all times. Hope that helps.

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    I'm going to have to experiment with the ascocendas. We can get really hot, but usually, our highs are in the mid 70s to mid 80s. The humidity is usually pretty good and there's almost always a nice breeze. So, they should be fine.

    Do you like my pots? I once had this crazy idea to make a mosaic table, but I realized it was a huge job and required some creative artistic skills that I lack. So, the pot idea came to be since I've always favored terra cotta pots, which are also cheap, and I can bring a blooming plant in to display and the pot isn't too plain. It requires no artistic skill to glue and grout marbles in a line and it's really quite therapeutic. My husband, who used to work in psychiatric hospitals, says there's a reason I find it so relaxing...

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