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For gardeners without bright windowsills or greenhouses, growing orchids under lights is a great alternative. Orchids that are especially well suited to this method of growing are Paphiopedilums, Phalaenopsis, dwarf or compact Cattleya hybrids, Miltonias, dwarf Oncidiums, dwarf Cymbidiums, compact Ascocendas and dwarf Dendrobiums.
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A four tube, rather than a two-tube fluorescent light fixture is recommended. These fixtures provide twice as much light which makes the plants grow and bloom better.
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Orchids requiring the most light, like Cattleyas, Cymbidiums, dwarf Dendrobiums, and Ascocendas, should be placed under the center of the tubes with their foliage just a few inches from the tubes. None of the orchid leaves should actually touch the tubes as they will burn.
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Orchids that require less light like Paphiopedilums, Phalaenopsis, and Miltonias can be put toward the end of the tubes and a few inches further away from their tops.