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Old 08-07-2022, 09:41 PM
The Peloric Orchid The Peloric Orchid is offline

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Side lighting for for tall/climbing orchids? Male
Default Side lighting for for tall/climbing orchids?

I mostly grow phals and terrestrials indoors, but I'm interested in branching out. Before I moved, I grew my orchids on shelves and in indoor greenhouses with LED shop lights tied/hanging from the bottom of the shelves.

Since I'm still on a shopping stream for new equipment, I'm interested in trying out Epidendrums and Maxillarias, but I'm wondering how people light their tall plants/plants with a strong tendency to grow up and out of their mounts/containers.
  • Do tall/climbing orchids need to be lit from the side?
  • If so, what kind of lights do you use and how do you hang them?
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Old 08-08-2022, 10:51 AM
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I put tallest plants (Cymbs, reed stem Epis, etc) on a low shelf and have 4' LED lighting hanging over them on a chain with hooks in ceiling.
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Old 08-08-2022, 11:13 AM
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Side lighting for for tall/climbing orchids? Female

I have been growing an orange tree under lights with my catts and phals, and I will need to find a new set up as it grows. There is an interesting video by US Citrus on YouTube that mentioned Sansi LED lights.

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