LIGHT, NATURAL: Requirements

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by Robert M. [Bert] Hamilton (Compiler)

Originally published in The Orchid Doctor in 1980 and 1988

Posted by Sys Admin almost 4 years ago.

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A list of different varieties; the actual light requirements for species has hardly been determined; for other plants it has been done; for plants that grow best in full sun their leaves reach maximum photosynthesis at intensities well short of full sunlight such as 1,500 to 2,500fc.; consider the effect of shading, crowding and light reflection when trying to assess light requirements. A64-145

Some genera need strong light: Ascocentrum, Brassavola, Dendrobium, Epidendrum radiatum, Encyclias, esp. E. cordigera, Laelia anceps, L. milleri, Oncidium species with thick leaves, Renanthera, Vanda. Fitch -- All about orchids.(j981)-30

Some genera prefer shade: Anoectochilus, Gongora, Masdevallia, Paphiopedilum, Pleurothallis, Polyrrhiza, Stanhopea, Stelis, Fitch- All about orchids.(1981)-30

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