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Old 10-05-2022, 03:56 PM
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Will B. Nodosa grow in an Alabama windowsill???
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Hello all! I recently went to an orchid show near my home in Birmingham. Since then, I have the bug again. My phals bloom well every year with little effort and maintenance. Well after researching and shopping, I found a few orchids and bought them. One is B. Nodosa. I bought it from Lowe's, and for that reason, replanted it right away as it was in soil mostly. I really hope this orchid can grow along with my Phals. Of course I realize this orchid may need more care, possibly different conditions, but for now, my windowsill is my only "grow area". My orchid sits in an east facing window. It is planted in what looks like a typical orchid mix of large bark, some moss and perlite. We keep our house in the low 70s, and since the window is old and uninsulated, the temp probably fluctuates some. It gets a little morning sun. The humidity here in Alabama seems mid to high, even in the house depending on the time of year. I have read a lot of different info on this orchid, so what I'm wondering is will it do well and flower in these conditions? My Phals come back every year and seem to have settled in to our environment inside the house. Any input would be appreciated and I hope everyone is well! Thank you!
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Will B. Nodosa grow in an Alabama windowsill??? Female

B. nodosa will want more light than the Phals. So it should get the spot closest to the window, the Phals a bit farther back. (And it can handle cooler temps than the Phals, so that works fine on that count too) Also, B. nodosa will want to dry out more than the Phals. So large bark, less frequent watering. (I have one that is mounted, and one in a basket where it has mostly grown roots around the outside, so it's "mounted" for all practical purposes too even thought I didn't start it that way)

As we move toward winter and shorter days, you might want to think about supplemental light for both - Phals like low light but do like it 12 hours a day.
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