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Singin' the Blues - Blue vandas in bloom

This is a discussion on Singin' the Blues - Blue vandas in bloom within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; I normally water my orchids twice a day if it doesn't rain, once in the ...

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    I normally water my orchids twice a day if it doesn't rain, once in the morning before 9am and again in the late afternoon around 5pm.As I live in the tropics with temperature between 25C to 35C year round, my routine may not be suitable for your grow-area.

    I use foliar feeding - with a weak fertiliser weekly. For more details of my fertilising routine please refer to yesterday's post "Foliar Feeding' under 'General Orchid Culture'.
    My advice for care of vandas is to give as much light as possible without burning the leaves and to provide high humidity for them.For me I try to provide the humidity by keeping the ground under the orchids wet and also to have some potted greens in the lath house (grow area).(See the photo in the post referred to above)

    I hope this may be of some help.

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    what kind of brand foliar u used to it ?do u put a hormex to your orchids ?do u have a cattleya orchids?

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    Wow!!!!!!!! That is BLUE!

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    @shootingstar: No I don't use Hormex nor am I familiar with it, but from its name I assume that it must contain some growth hormone. In the sixties members of our orchid society, including myself, were introduced to a growth hormone product that was supposed to accelerate growth.Unfortunately almost all of us had some bad experiences of one kind or another after using the said hormone for some time : among them deformed flowers, arrested growth of mature plants and a very quirky tendency of some vandas to stop terminal growth and produce keikis instead and from these keikis to produce keikis ad infinitum without flowering.I lost an awarded V Nellie Morley this way.Needless to say I'm extremely wary of products containing growth hormones. Having said that I am sure great progress with growth hormone has been made since the early days and I must stress that I know next to nothing about Hormex. So I am not condemning nor endorsing it.

    I used to use Gaviota 63 and 67 but have now switched to a locally manufactured product of like specifications, since Gaviota is very difficult to obtain locally.

    70% of my plants are cattelyas and the rest are oncidiums,vandaceous,dendrobiums,warm tolerant paphiopedlum species.

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    do u mix your fertiliser, fungicide,insecticides into one? after will you spray it your orchids ?

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    do u mix your fertiliser, fungicide,insecticides into one? after will you spray it your orchids ? message for cattan

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    @shootingstar: yes I do.

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