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Growing in glare

This is a discussion on Growing in glare within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; I have a window on the north side of my home that I would like ...

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    I have a window on the north side of my home that I would like to grow an orchid plant in. The orchid would get very, very bright glare all day but no sun.
    This glare is due to reflection on a white vinyl fence. Does anyone know if this is possible and, if so, what type of orchid ??? Thanks ! Janagolf

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    The important thing is that your plant doesn't get too hot. Heat more than sun can damage a plant fast. If you feel it is too bright you can hang a sheer, and if it's a little warmer in that area add a fan for air movement. You'd be suprised at the extremes these orchids can handle with good airmovement and time to acclimate to their new area. Move them into the increased light slowly and all should be okay. Watch for stress and act accordingly. Most orchids love reflected sunlight, rather than direct sun anyways.
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    Sounds like it would probably be just the thing for plants like phals and mottled leaf paphs and other lowish light lovers. If that glare off the fence decreases with the seasons, you might have to keep an eye to see that there is enough light at some times of the year.

    I didn't really notice the seasonal light patterns in the house until I got orchids.

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    Thanks for the information, Lynda ! Also, I never did give the seasonal light patterns a thought until now also. It is extremely bright in this room now but I don't know about that six months from now. Currently, on a sunny day, I don't need a ceiling light on in this small room. Will start paying more attention to "light".

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    I have phals in my north window, and they are growing fine. I have grown cactus in that window, and I do not have a white reflective fence. You should be fine.

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    I have a lot of glare in my home office/grow room as well, as the window faces south east and the light bounces off my white desk with tempered glass on to the high shelf on the opposite wall I am currently using for my phals.
    So far I have noticed some purple hue on the underside of the new leaves and a healthy lime green hue on the new leaves, which I interpret as "keep it up".
    It was the only sane thing to do since the light comes at a different angle now and the glare affects the orchids as a 3/4 sun would but without the burns.
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