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Dark or Bright leaves about lighting

Discussion in 'Everything Else Orchid' started by CoolOrchid, Nov 27, 2018.

  1. CoolOrchid

    CoolOrchid New Member

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    Since, now is the winter season, the indoor lighting is not that bright anymore. One if my orchid’s leaves seem dark. Is it because not enough light? Are bright green leaves better?
     
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    Ray Orchid Iconoclast Supporting Member

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    That's going to depend upon the plant.

    In phalaenopsis, for example, dark green can be better, as too much light can reduce flowering.
     
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    Really? I did not know that, but it explains a lot. I shall have to rethink how I grow my rescue phalaenopsis.
     
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    Ray Orchid Iconoclast Supporting Member

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    Carl, I used to think that light=energy, so the greater (short of burning) the better, but I have since learned that it ain't always true.

    The best phals I have ever seen were grown in a greenhouse with an interior that was totally covered with a thick layer of algae - so much that it took a couple of minutes for your eyes to adjust when entering.

    Since moving my few phals out of a greenhouse in PA and onto a deck in NC that is on the shady north side of the house (and in the adjacent windows for the winter), they have never bloomed better.
     
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    And this is why I joined this list. Thanks for the info.