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Shade cloth recommendation needed

This is a discussion on Shade cloth recommendation needed within the Semi Hydro / Lights / Greenhouses / Accessories forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Have a small greenhouse which seems to get just the right of amount light until ...

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    Default Shade cloth recommendation needed

    Have a small greenhouse which seems to get just the right of amount light until about 5:30pm when bam the western light hits it from one side and gets the temperature into it to the mid 90"s. I put a timed fan which tries to cool it but does not put much of a dent into lowering the temperature. I then decided to put this standing misting thing in it which lowered the temperature quickly. However, I can not be there every evening to make these adjustments. Can anyone suggest a shade cloth that I could put on the western side which would help reduce the heat but still allow a good amount of light to pass through? Have been shopping,but do not know the % shading needed.

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    there is a shade cloth called Aluminet, it is silver and is supposed to reflect heat and keep growing area cooler, I used it for awhile and it seemed to work, 50% is what is generally used to grow most orchids, that's a generalization , the heavier the shade cloth the less light and heat should get in, 70% will only allow 30% of the light through, if you want to be safe go for the heaviest shade you could find and slowly work your way down to what works. Aluminet is good I kept my old shade to wrap plants with in winter during a cold snap, the only problem I found with aluminet is that it can snag easily, but if you're careful should have no problem, hope this helps.

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    or,.. half room have light shade, the other half have the 50 percent shade. for the ones that needs less light, can put it under shelves or tables or further away from where the light is from.

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    Something to keep in mind: late afternoon sun - despite how hot it feels - is less intense than midday sun. While folks in your area may use 50% or ever 70% shade, that might be overkill for what you're trying to accomplish.

    I absolutely concur that Aluminet is the stuff to buy, and can add that Gothic Arch Greenhouse is the place to buy it.

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    then would 40 % be better
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    40% will give you more light than 50%

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    ifffffff you do get the right amount of light UNTIL 530 does that mean from sunrise the plants bathed in sun rays?? that is way ample light...sufficient and above all adequate lol....i have grown hard caned dendrobiums facing east under eaves..from sunrise to about 11am they get sun and none none none until next day and i cudnt stop them from blooming...of course im a little way from the equator but u see where im heading...5 hrs good light is enough so 70% shade will prevent plants cooking with no ill effects

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    honestly my knowledge about sun is limited, mostly from reading about how to prevent premature aging type of related articles... thought it's the same, they say not to underestimate it even in cloudy day in shade,... not sure the difference between the sun near the equator and far from equator, cause indonesia is right on the equator line,...

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    I have mine under 70% shade cloth and I have the feeling I should have bought 80%

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