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epidendrum lighting help

This is a discussion on epidendrum lighting help within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I ordered and just received a oerstedella epidendrum tetraceros. I potted it with some sphagnum ...

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    I ordered and just received a oerstedella epidendrum tetraceros.
    I potted it with some sphagnum moss around the roots to stabilize it and then used a bark potting mix. I read it needed shaded light, so its on the second tier of my plant shelf, under the shade of most of my catts. big draped leaves. However, I just noticed some of the leaves on it are browned and falling off. It has such dainty leaves I don't know if this is just part of it acclimating to a new environment, or if the low, shaded light it is getting is still too much. I am trying to keep it moist, but the humidity isn't too high... I cannot place it in the terrarium under my grow lights as it would then be in direct light. Anyone grow this and/or have suggestions? I don't want to lose the little guy!

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    In my experience, Oerstedella needs high humidity, and can take the lower side of Cattleya light level if it is cool and humid. Low humidity and warm conditions is pretty much an open invitation for spider mites. What kind of lighting does your terrarium have?

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    I'm with PMM on this one - Epidendrum tetraceros should be grown at the same light levels as catts.

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