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Help Please. I don't know what to do with this one

This is a discussion on Help Please. I don't know what to do with this one within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; It has a lot of Vanda (Euanthe sanderiana) in it, and also perhaps Vanda coeruloea. ...

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    Default Thats a good plant.

    It has a lot of Vanda (Euanthe sanderiana) in it, and also perhaps Vanda coeruloea.

    I don't know where the rest of the genes came from, lol....

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    Wow, Anne! That is a beautiful Vanda! I don't have any advice for you since I don't own any and I tend to be more of an orchid killer than an orchid grower.
    Good luck with your new acquisition and enjoy it!

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    Thank you all so much. I need all the help I can get!!

    Molly, I had been thinking about the need for fertilizer, and I think you're right. I shall add some to the water when I mist!!

    I think I'll move her out to the Florida room, even though it's nowhere near ready to become my orchid room. It's there, or maybe the master bedroom, which also is bright, and has south facing windows, but with a big tree outside to offer some filtration from lots of direct sun.

    Hmmmmmmmm.. that might be a good plan, because I could take her into the master bathroom and use the hand held shower to water her (on a gentle setting of course). hmmmmmmmm....... by George, I think she's got it!!

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    **Update***

    I gave those roots a nice shower in the shower. Let her drip off for a bit, and for the moment, she's hanging in the master bedroom in an east facing window, where she'll get morning sun and lots of light. I can't open that window though (long story, hurricane related), and I'm afraid of burning her up, so I have a floor fan circulating the air, and I have another window open. Hopefully that will be enough to keep away the burning.

    I still don't think this is her permanent home, but for the moment, we'll see how it works.

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    As suggested no medium, just plenty of water, water it 2x a day or more if possible.
    also water until the roots turns green. Oh and btw, nice vanda you've got there.

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    Lots of good advice. Something to add: Burning is not stopped by air circulation alone. Direct sunlight can still burn the plant, but vandas are very strong and enjoy lots of very bright light. You will want to keep the leaves light green. If you have a space where direct sunlight comes into the window - this is okay, but perhaps add a sheer curtain to filter the light just a bit. If growing this beauty in the home, a trip to the shower is very important. And like delphiguy said, let the water run over the roots until they turn green. The white covering will turn green when it has opened up to take in water and fertilizer. When you feed, be sure to water first until the roots start turning green, then spray in the fertilizer mix. Otherwise, you waste more fertilizer than your Vanda actually takes in.

    It is really a beautiful Vanda. We grow our in a basket with only Lava Rock to help it have something to hold-on too. No bark is needed. On our very young vandas, we put a little live Spanish moss over the basket to help hold moisture to the roots a little longer. The spanish moss continues to grow, so you have to pull some of it off after awhile, but it is really pretty.

    Good luck!!

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    Thank you both.

    I have given her a second shower, and tucked her in for the night. Right now, she's back in my bedroom/office/den. Same east facing exposure, but this window has a sheer curtain over it.

    I see what you mean about the roots turning green as they're watered.

    Now let's hope all this moving around doesn't send the poor thing into shock.

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    Anne, that is a stunner, and what a find! I agree with all the points made, especially about not getting the flowers wet when you are putting it under the shower--as Becky said, that can cause fungal problems and premature death of the flowers. As long as you are careful about keeping the water off the flowers, the shower is almost certainly the easiest way to water it.

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    Bruce is totally right - if the light is super strong, the air movement won't be enough to prevent burning...I probably should have qualified that statement. I rarely believe that people have sun as strong as what I get in my windows (I have south exposure and even if I had a fan blowing on every plant individually, they would still burn because the rays are that intense) but do be careful. Vandas really thrive in places like Florida...if I were you, I would learn a bit more about where the plant was cultivated. I visited the website of the individal's name you gave me, and it looks like the vandas are grown in a semi-shaded outdoor area there in Miami. The shadecloth the grower uses looks to block about maybe 20% of the direct sunlight, so its still pretty strong. Then again, take a look at your leaves, how green are they? If they are darker green, the plant was grown in somewhat lower light conditions than I just explained....and if they are light green, then it was grown in higher light conditions. It really is a balancing act, but like I said, you're already in Florida, and the plant was grown IN florida, so you've won half the battle!! The plant has grown well-suited for your climate Just enjoy the plant, I hope I get a response from the vendor, as I really do intend on ordering one of these for myself, assuming we can figure out what its name is LOLOL

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    This was the setup I had for watering, without getting the flowers wet. I used it this morning to feed and water, and it worked very nicely, as you can see from the bud that's opening today.

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    But then, I had a eureka moment, and moved her to what I hope will be a permanent home. I still need to get that room cleared out and cleaned, but the Vanda is now hanging in front of a south facing window. I will watch her carefully for any hint of burning, but I think the light will be filtered enough by the trees outside.

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    My thinking is, I can mist those roots several times a day if needed, but there isn't much that can be damaged out there by the water. I will put a pan on the floor, to catch any drips that might come off the roots.

    Sooner or later, I'm going to have to hang the basket higher up, just to keep the roots off the floor, but that shouldn't be too difficult.

    So? What do you think? Did I miss anything?

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