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Asda Princess Mikasa

This is a discussion on Asda Princess Mikasa within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Hi Elena, Thanks for your reply. One more question, I assume your vanda roots are ...

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    Hi Elena,
    Thanks for your reply.
    One more question, I assume your vanda roots are sitting in a vase/ plastic container. Do you give it any additional ventilation?

    Miki

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    Cool Good beginner's vanda/ ascocenda

    Quote Originally Posted by Miki View Post
    Hi Elena,
    Thanks for your reply.
    One more question, I assume your vanda roots are sitting in a vase/ plastic container. Do you give it any additional ventilation?

    Miki
    I know I have commented on this thread already, I think I suggested that my Mikasa Blue was not up to scratch. However at the weekend, the poor maligned specimen of mine stuck some metaphorical two fingers up at me by letting me know that it was in spike.

    I have this particular one in a big transparent flower point potted up like a phal with bark, but even looser and no sphagnum moss - although I might add some come summer. I dunk it and soak it when the roots have gone silver, for about 30 minutes, or until the roots looke juicy and fully green (as opposed to streaky like it's been sprayed). It is hanging in a south east facing window (my bedroom), getting full direct light at the moment. I will need to consider moving it when the days get a little bit longer and less cloudy. This will be it's 3rd flowering as long as I don't bugger it up somehow. I try using fish tank water for it, but sometimes just use tap, but I understand that vandas are greedy, so it probably prefers the nitrates in the tank water.

    There is no additional ventilation in the room, but when I am at home in the summer I do have loads of windows and doors open around the flat. I seem to remember worrying a bit about this last year, but my two plants came through the summer fine.

    It definitely is not as floriferous as Elena's but it seems to like this treatment to perform beyond what I had expected - which was, quite frankly, never to reflower and possible death within the first 6 months. Seeing as I live in London, grow on a windowsill, and have no additional lights or humidity controls for it's grow area, I think that to find it spiking at this time of year after a grey and dismal winter is pretty much evidence of how good this plant is for vanda lovers and beginners who don't have ideal conditions.

    I hope this additional information helps - let's hope that one day I can get my Vanda Gordon Dillon cross to spike - so far it has been a year since it's one spike withered up and died, and not a sausage has been seen since. I think that if you get one that has the reputation of being really easy to rebloom, you will be fine to try it.

    I hope this additional input from me helps.

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    Congrats Kerry!
    You must have been over the moon when you saw the spike!
    Do post pics of the beautiful flowers later!
    It was very nice of you to share your method of growing vandas.
    I think I am going to order a Vanda Sansai Blue and Princess Mikasa Blue.
    Did I tell you that I like blue vandas?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miki View Post
    One more question, I assume your vanda roots are sitting in a vase/ plastic container. Do you give it any additional ventilation?
    Not really. The majority of roots are in a standard see through plastic orchid pot that's probably about 8 inches or so tall. Some roots have grown outside but none of those get any special ventilation or anything.

    Kerry, good news

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    Lol, I just cut off the spike because I can tell that it's on its way out and noticed the next spike in the process. Crazy or what?

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    I'm in love with vandas, especially blue ones.

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    I had to get one after seeing your pics. It is mounted on a log now with a touch of moss.

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    i'm so jealous! it's gorgeous. i bought 2 small ones last year and cannot wait to see them flower.

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    Beauty !!!! I have a White one which has flowered in February hope to get it in flower again this year
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