Hi Everyone! It's a pleasure to be part of the forum.
I do need some help/advice.... I'm a hobbyist at best and love my Cattleya's! My cattleya collection
has grown well beyond the windowsill.....I now have about 40 plants. The winters in WV are grey and have taken a toll on the cattleya's due to the lack of light at the window. Summer is not a problem as they will go outside. I'm going to section off part of an unused room in my basement for a "winter grow room". My question is lighting. The more I read the more I get confused
. T5's, High Pressure Sodium, MH, etc etc...can you help? I know cattleya's should received somewhere between 2000 and 3000 foot candles of light but I just don't know what system would be best. If I'm going to make the small investment I want to do it right. My concern with T5's is am I going to be confined to keep my plants right under the light and have no work room? Will T5's give me the foot candles
I need for Cattleya's? I know with MH and High pressure sodium come heat issues as well but these might not be so confining in a work area? The added heat will probably be needed as said before this is for winter growing in a basement. I'm very confused and your help would be greatly appreciated!