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View Poll Results: Is there such a thing as too much light for vandas?

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  • Yes

    14 58.33%
  • No

    2 8.33%
  • No, except if you have a V. coerulea hybrid

    1 4.17%
  • It depends

    7 29.17%
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Thread: Vanda alliance - how much light can they really take?

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  1. #11
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    Geoff Hands
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    The strap-leaved Vandas are grown under 50% shade cloth in Thailand , where an enormous number are raised. Semi-terete and terete need much more so I believe, so much so that they are not sold in UK. But the strap-leaved ones grow well here. BTW I reckon that cattleyas need at least 50% more light, if that is any help.

  2. #12
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    Outside 24/7
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    Nov 2022
    Khon Kaen, Khon Kaen Province, Thailand
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    Our summer sunlight here in Thailand can absolutely burn up orchid plants. The sunlight can be way too intense. Almost all growers here use shade cloths of 95% to 50% sun blockage.

  3. #13
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    Arne Schon
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    Under Lights
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    Brassavola, Broughtonia
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    Jun 2014
    Baltimore, MD, USA
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    Well, why do people always associate mainly Vanda with high light? There are many Cattleya alliance species/hybrids that need as much or even more. Rhyncholaelia digbyana doesn’t bloom if it doesn’t get enough light. The same applies to C aclandiae and walkeriana, for instance.
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  4. #14
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    Ray Barkalow
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    Oct 2012
    Oak Island NC


    Just a guess: Your examples are certainly correct, but looking at the genus as a whole (and let's not forget that papilionanthe was lumped in with them), vandas need more light than do cattleyas

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