Last week I made a few changes to the orchid setup in my apartment. I did some reading up on Phalaenopsis orchids and determined that mine might be getting too much light in my very bright southern-facing windows. A couple of them have a red tinge around the edge of the leaves, which is a sign of too much light. And as I recently posted, a couple of my Phals are in pretty bad shape.
I decided to do a little rearranging and see whether the altered light source helps at all. According to some orchid experts, eastern exposure is acceptable for Phals. I don’t have a straight up eastern-facing window, but the northern-facing window at the front of my apartment is actually a bay window that gets some pretty good light from the east in the morning. So I moved four of my Phals to my desk in the front room:
I did, however, leave three of my Phals (along with my Zygopetalum) in the bedroom where they get southern exposure. I left them there because they each seem to be thriving in that light, whereas the other four that I moved didn’t seem to be doing that wonderfully in that room.
In the kitchen (also southern exposure) I have my Oncidium, Odontoglossum, Dendrobiums, and Tolumnia on the counter:
And higher up on top of a cabinet are both of my lady slippers. I’ve placed them there so that they don’t get blasted by the sun.
All of these photos look pretty dark because I took them with my iPhone and it’s really overcast today. On a sunny day there is a whole lot more light in my place, I promise!
I’m curious to see how these changes affect my orchids, if at all. For me it’s all about experimentation till I find the right conditions – at least, the best conditions that I can get with my limited sun exposure options. If only I could afford a crazy light bulb setup! Ahhh…one can dream.