High Light plants

rennflOctober 16, 2010

As winter is coming soon, I'm starting to plan where all my plants which spend summers outside will go for the winter. I've got a few weeks left, and the majority of my Hoyas I think I've got a good place for them for the winter.

But the high light ones, like imperialis, coronaria and ones like them, how much light is considered "high" Can anyone give a guess to foot-candles? Or if anyone is familiar with orchid growing, would typical Vanda level light be ok for these over the winter? Or can I get away with a little less light in the winter?

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mdahms1979

I would say Vanda level light for these ones. I have my Hoya imperalis growing where it literally touches the glass of an unshaded South facing window. My only Erithrostemma is lauterbachii and it has a similar position in full unshaded Southern sun where it gets very hot, this is exactly what these plants want and if you can offer these conditions these are the first plants that should go there.
You could also consider adding a compact fluorescent bulb to boost the light for your other plants. These bulbs give off a good amount of light and a 23W daylight compact on for part of the day will really help.

Mike

    Bookmark   October 16, 2010 at 10:54AM
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rennfl

Mike Thanks

For the high light loving orchids, a 4 bulb 54w T5 will be giving them their light this winter, but if I put these Hoyas under those lights as well, the lights would have to be adjusted too high to benefit the orchids.

So, I have one good South facing window that isn't blocked, and I hang my warm loving Vandas in it. And they bloom and grow fine, so I'll put these kinds of Hoyas in that window and hope for the best then.

    Bookmark   October 17, 2010 at 8:19AM
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