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    Default Shade Cloth for Austin


    I need to buy some shade cloth and am unsure if I need 50% or 60%. Unfortunately, I can not use Aluminet due to HOA restrictions. Most of my collection is 90% cattleya with a few paphs and phals.

    My thought is to go with 60% because the greenhouse gets direct sun for about 8hrs of the day and the sun is intense here in Austin.

    Any recommendations? I have read several of the past posts on the forum but am still unsure.


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    Townsville, Qld, Australia
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    I use 50% for Catts, and double shade it for summer. Used to use 70% but have found at the higher light levels, the catts have fuller blooms.

  3. #3
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    south florida


    I've used 50% for cats and it worked fine for me, but you might want to trust your gut feeling, it's easy to buy a lighter shade the next time then deal with a sun scorched collection

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