yes i am familiar with the mount that your mom is using, it must be coco slabs or similar, it is made of
coco fibers fashioned into slabs, while some uses tree fern fibers fashioned into slabs as well but the
coco thing is much more popular, and they can go cheap, we bought a dozen for 80 pesos if memory serves me
And the moss + pantyhose technique is very popular here, i use that all the time. most of the time substituting
moss with coco husks, and that gives the orchids more fibers to hold on to. With vanda, i never mount them,
you can buy a galvanized wire here that looks like a corkscrew and is intended for vanda, it works great
also. I was looking into putting my vandas in basket also until i saw that galvanized wire thing from
a boxstore in SM. I can send you a picture when I get home.
With vandas, there's really no point into mounting it or potting it as the roots gets crazy, might as well
let them be, it adds to their beauty anyways, in my opinion.
a 20 yr old Waling Waling???? wow, that must have been a very big Vanda, my Waling is about 2ft tall it just
finished blooming, but already have an offshoot, im still struggling on whether to divide or not. I have another
Vanda that is about 2.5ft tall that has roots coming out of the upper middle of it, im waiting for some other
roots to appear at that level so that i could cut it off and have another vanda. hehe, hey if you're mom
decides to devide another waling maybe she can sent some my way, hehe.
What I do to induce roots for vandas with not so many roots is either i place moss on the base of it. or i tie
charcoal at the base, and in some cases i wrap the base with something, mostly coco fiber mat, with some moss or
charcoal inside, and after a month when I remove it you can see some roots emerging from the plant.
My garden is under contruction at the moment as I am expanding for space, so we had to take off the shade in
the garden, so all of my Strap Leaf Vanda is moved to a shady part of the garden and the Terete and Semi
Terete are left basking in the full sun.
Davao is, what I heard, the center of Orchids in the Philippines, the wife and I would love to visit Davao
and see the collections of orchids they have. I believe they hold a festival there in honor of the Waling
Just hold on, if you don't mind watering too often, then get a Vanda, you can never go wrong, just remember
that the strap leaf requires a shade. I haven't heard of anyone putting vanda in S/H, im sure it'll thrive
in S/H as it is a very thirsty plant.