Orchids forum: Shadecloth

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Name: Ted
Brea, CA (Zone 10b)
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Ted5310
Jun 23, 2017 2:16 PM CST
I have been using shade cloth from the local BORG (Big Orange Retail Giant). And I think it may be too dark. What do you use? 50%-60%.....?
Name: lindsey
wesley chapel, fl
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sugarcane
Jun 23, 2017 3:38 PM CST
no shade cloth for me.
lindsey
Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
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ctcarol
Jun 23, 2017 4:13 PM CST
Ted, I have apiece of 60% attached to dowels that I use for temporary afternoon shade while we're in June gloom mode. It requires climbing the ladder twice a day. Once the real summer gets here, I have 40% Aluminet that stays up because it helps reflect the hot sun.
Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Jun 23, 2017 6:42 PM CST
Yes, I have a 30% Aluminet piece about 6ft. X 8ft. for the hottest sun times here, but to be honest, haven't deployed it yet. Last year I had it right on the top of the pool cage (which also gives my orchids about 20% shade anyway) to shade through the middle of the day. This year I have a big oak branch on the east side, and leaning bamboo on the west side, so actually am finding myself a bit short of sunlight.

The 30% has worked well for what I need, and if I need more shade, I just fold it in half to double the shade factor for things like seedlings. Aluminet really does keep it cooler, too.
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Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
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hawkarica
Jun 23, 2017 7:01 PM CST
I use 50% shade cloth to protect newly planted palms from getting sunburned. My orchids are protected by Aluminet which is much better than shade cloth.

Jim
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
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ctcarol
Jun 23, 2017 7:14 PM CST
Jim, Your roof is twin wall poly, correct? Do you remember which grade of Aluminet you are using?

Name: Jim Hawk
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hawkarica
Jun 23, 2017 8:39 PM CST
Yes, I used 50% shade Aluminet.

Jim
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Name: Ted
Brea, CA (Zone 10b)
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Ted5310
Jun 23, 2017 8:51 PM CST
Then it's time for 40% Aluminet. I really think that is why I am not seeing many of the plants bloom. Need protection, but the shadecloth is just too sun blocking

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