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rotating orchids towards sunlight

This is a discussion on rotating orchids towards sunlight within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Perhaps I haven't delved deeply enough into orchidtalk forums, but one subject that interests me, ...

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    Perhaps I haven't delved deeply enough into orchidtalk forums, but one subject that interests me, one which I have not found information on, is the rotating of the container of an orchid growing on a windowsill, so that it may attain a more upright habit. And whether or not this action causes the plant to either promote or abort spiking. I suppose it depends on the species, but I wonder if any of you have any thoughts on this.

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    I move my orchids around, outdoors and indoors, all the time. I've never had a problem.

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    As a general rule of thumb plants grow toward or reach for the light. I move my plants too. Not from their spot usually, but just turn them. It probably won't matter on the bloom spikes.

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    I grow only in windowsills, and I move them around quite frequently throughout the year with some exceptions. The movement is usually to follow the light, as the angle it comes in the windows changes with the seasons. I try to keep the plant oriented the same way, to encourage new and developing growths to continue growing.

    In my experience, the new growths and spikes will die off if they are rotated to the "dark side" of a window. Your experience may vary, but as I understand it, plant sentience, the thing that makes plants grow towards the light, will sacrifice growths that aren't pulling their weight. Then it will spend more energy trying to grow a replacement on the other side, the new "sunny side".

    Once they begin spiking I try harder to keep their orientation the same, as plants can seem to abort spikes that get "dark sided." More often though the spikes aren't aborted, but you can get weird blooms on the spike that grow sideways or upside down.

    Anyways, I've felt comfortable moving them around willy-nilly when they aren't busy with new growths or new spikes (which isn't too often with some plants ). Otherwise, I try to place them back the way they were after watering. When I repot I take them time to stand them back up as straight as I can.

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    Interesting.... I have read that orchids hate changing direction what sunlight is coming from - their leaves are not able to change angles that easy to follow the light as the rest of plants. Interesting... who is right then?...

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    I feel rotating the orchid is fine; however, one must be careful about rotating orchids that are opening buds. For instance, if you have a phal that is opening its buds and you turn the plant after a couple of the blooms have opened, the next couple of blooms will face a different direction. This, in my opinion, ruins the look of the phal's spray of blooms. Same thing with a cattleya, IMHO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brutal_Dreamer View Post
    I feel rotating the orchid is fine; however, one must be careful about rotating orchids that are opening buds. For instance, if you have a phal that is opening its buds and you turn the plant after a couple of the blooms have opened, the next couple of blooms will face a different direction. This, in my opinion, ruins the look of the phal's spray of blooms. Same thing with a cattleya, IMHO.

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    THAT explains the strange multi dimensional direction of my blooms...I had no idea that rotating or moving your plants could have that kind of effect on the blooms. Now I'm starting to question my methods of misting though. I move my phals to the kitchen everyday now to mist them. Not a good idea???

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