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Hello Wayne,

Is it true that Phalaenopsis aphrodite prefer night-time temps between 62-65 degrees F? How well do they adapt to lower night-time temps say between 50 - 60degrees F? I keep my home's humidity between 50 - 60 %. I intend to grow my Phalaenopsis aphrodite on top of a humidity tray...would this be beneficial?

Would you personally recommend Black Gold Orchid mix for Phalaenopsis?

Thank you for your time and attention with my inquiry.

Best regards,

Derick

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Greetingss Derick.  Night temps of 62-65 degrees is best.  Humidity level of 50-60 degrees is fine as is the use of a huidity tray. I'm unfamiliar with the Black Gold orchid mix.  Many commercial growers I know are switching to a new potting mix called Orchiata from New Zealand.  It lasts longer between repotting and plants that don't do well in fir bark based potting mix seem to make better growth in Orchiata.

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Any question about orchid culture. I have thirty+ yrs of growing experience,president 2x of our local Orchid Growers Guild,held a position in most all other offices associated with the Guild at one time or another. Head of Orchid judging team for local club meetings and some shows. Member of two Orchid Socities and local Rep.for Mid America Orchid Congress for several yrs.I have in my collection about 800 Orchid plants of all types.

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