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Old 09-23-2020, 04:11 PM
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I think we're taking Cymbidiums here...

I disagree about the "no sun past 11 AM". If that were the case, I would have a couple hundred dead Cymbidiums... They do need to acclimate to very bright light... I have, of course, the luxury of growing them outside all year around. But in places where they need to be brought in for the winter, if they go out in the spring as soon as frost is passed, sun angle is still low enough to not toast them while they are acclimating. I have about 40% shadecloth over mine to take the edge off a bit, but because of the yard orientation they get full sun pretty much from half an hour after sunrise to half an hour before sunset in mid-summer, like 13 hours or so. (In fall the sun starts to shift so they get more shade) Leaf color is lime-green. The first couple of years in my house, while I was figuring this out, they had no shade at all and were rather yellow, but still survived and bloomed, they just improved when that very modest amount of shading was added. In an environment where there are trees to provide shade during part of the day so that the number of hours of hot sun is reduced, they can do with no overall shading.

I have some summer bloomers that obviously don't need the fall chill, as well as many of the "normal" ones that do. They get that chill from the normal weather pattern... in years where it stays hot until November, the spring blooms are delayed by about the same number of weeks as the abnormal hot weather sticks around... it does cool off eventually.
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Old 09-23-2020, 04:21 PM
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I stand corrected. Thank you for letting me know. I had no idea that they could take that much sun. I will place mine in full sun (after acclamation, of course) next year.
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Cyms are tough as nails. Also hungry... I have found that along with my usual (very light) general fertilizing with a pump sprayer, I give them some time-release fertilizer in the spring (like Nutricote) Since I started doing that, they grow and bloom much better... the light spraying works for most of my collection, but the heavy feeders (like Cyms and the Catasetinae) like that extra shot during the growing season.
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