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Phal - too much light?

This is a discussion on Phal - too much light? within the **NOT IN BLOOM** All Genera forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; I have this phal sitting in the living room with an eastern window exposure. It ...

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    Default Phal - too much light?

    I have this phal sitting in the living room with an eastern window exposure.
    It gets a whopping 5000fc of morning light for 2 hours and then 500-1000fc for the rest of the day.
    It has been there for a few months already and no signs of burning yet (crosses fingers). I do see some light purple tinting around the edges and leaves are growing like crazy - perhaps because it is just the growing season and not due to the sunlight.

    Have any of you phal veterans experienced any problems with their plants with short bursts of bright light like this over the long term?

    Here is the photo showing its distance from the eastern window. My digital camera sucks at scaling the light so it looks like there are baseball stadium lights right outside my window lol.


    Here is a close up. It is sitting inside my homemade "humidity pot". It is a sealed ceramic pot with no holes and filled with water up to a few inches.
    The orchid pot is then sitting on top of another inverted pot so that it does not touch the water.
    With A/C running, our indoor air gets dry really quick so I needed something that provides better humidity for the phal.


    ~John

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    All of my phals are in an Eastern window in a situation about like yours. They have been for years and grow and bloom on time.

    If the light doesn't burn or discolor your leaves--leave it there! Heat is your enemy..not necessarily the light itself. Purple tinge is good!

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    No you will not experience burn because the plant is so far away from the window. Orchids also don't mind short bursts of light because it is just a natural phenomenon, I haven't had problems with it even with paphs. I've had trouble getting phals to bloom from that distance from a window even with the largest of window I have used, but maybe your room is bright enough with two windows (plus your in CA with brighter light).

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    You do realize if you moved the couch you could get a nice big shelving unit in there to hold lots and lots of Phals, don't you? lol Said like a true chronic!
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    I think it's okay John. My phal is much closer to an east window and it is doing fine with the morning sun. I am, however, a bit farther north.

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    Oh what a good grow area that would be ,if you lose the couch lol . Gin

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    Connie you are a girl after my own heart! I would push the couch forward and fill a coffeee table with lots of orchids! Judi

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    Hell, just turn the couch around to face the other way and use the couch as a multi level plant stand!

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    ....the couch might hold water for proper humidity?? Better to just invest in some of those nice shelving units with lights and humidity trays. Better to just get rid of the couch....sit a couple bar chairs over there for better viewing of the 'chids.
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    Poor John... lol. Now he has to get rid of his couch. You girls are B A D . LOL! hehehehehehehe...

    Cheers,
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