Grren House Orchids - Knowledgebase Question

Name: helen crisman
Kingston, NY
Question by catcher713
March 28, 2000
I have several Dendrobium Orchids, One Colmanara,one Cattleya and two Phalaenopsis in my solar green house attached to my home. I have built an indoor watergarden and place my orchids on and around the watergarden. My green house gets afternoon sun from 1pm until 5 pm. Is this too much sun for the orchids now that it is springtime? How should I place the orchids for summer? They are doing well and have flowered over the winter.


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Answer from NGA
March 28, 2000

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Your greenhouse sounds like a beautiful sanctuary! Since the sun is strongest in the afternoon hours, I recommend providing some partial shade to your orchids. If you have taller potted plants, like palms, bamboo, or ficus, the orchids will appreciate the dappled shade they would provide from the hot sun. You can also use a light shade cloth over the section of the greenhouse where the orchids live. I hope these suggestions are helpful. Enjoy!

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