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Unread 08-23-2008, 02:45 PM

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Anyone, esp in Florida, know which orchids can thrive in full sun (not shaded sun). I live in Tampa Bay, and while I grow under shadecloth, I have a lot of open areas where I would love to grow orchids. They would get 3-4 hours of sun. I grow the usual epidendrums and spathoglottis in sunny areas, but my cattleyas never seem to adapt just burn. Perhaps certain species? I do not grow Vandas or their relatives, and frankly, do not care to as they require too much attention. Any ideas? I can always try to acclimate some suggestions...Thanks! Greg in New Port Richey
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Unread 08-23-2008, 02:56 PM
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Greg, please don't rule out Vandas. They are the easiest chids to grow outside especially in our climate. Just put them in a basket, you don't really even need any medium, put a "teabag" of Nutricote or Dynomite (Red Top container at Home Depot) on the roots and hang em up. Hose down once a day when we aren't being sloshed by tropical storms. Mine grow and bloom in full Southern exposure. Hard cane Dendros can also be grown in 3-4 hours of full sun. Mine love it and bloom like crazy.
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Unread 08-23-2008, 03:31 PM
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I know Epidendrum ellipticum does, as does E. quitensium. I also suspect Encyclia tampensis will, as will a lot of the rupicolous Laelias.
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Unread 08-23-2008, 03:38 PM
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I was going to suggest rupicolous Laelias myself! They are really easy-going and do well if they get enough light. Plus they are quite petite, so you can always get more of 'em.
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Unread 08-23-2008, 03:59 PM
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Unread 08-23-2008, 04:17 PM
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Yes, this kind of Vanda.

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Unread 08-23-2008, 05:32 PM
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Grammatophylums love full sun and Ive seen Brassavola nodosa taking full sun, though it needs to be slowly aclimatized. I also personally have a Rhyncolaelia digbyana that loves full sun and I also have a Cattleya maxima that is bright red from full sun. I think many of the Encyclias will adapt to full sun conditions as well.
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Unread 08-23-2008, 10:33 PM
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Any semi-terete leaf Vanda's, Arachnis,Papilionanthe ( teres, Miss Joaquim ) even Gram.speciosum could take full sun in your area. Papilionanthe teres & Miss Joaquim can take sun all day. Also a lot of the spathulate & Phalananthe Den,s can take a lot of light as long as it does not get very cold ie frost
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Unread 08-23-2008, 10:54 PM
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Most Oncidium's and C. skinnerii. Schomburgkia tibinicis. Definitely E. tempensis
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Unread 08-23-2008, 11:21 PM
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C skinneri definitely blooms better when they're in the brightest sun. The plants themselves may look a bit abused but the blooms keep coming
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