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Den. crumenatum

This is a discussion on Den. crumenatum within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Bella, Vandas like high humidity so try to maintain the humidity in the surrounding air. ...

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    Bella,

    Vandas like high humidity so try to maintain the humidity in the surrounding air. I know that the weather in Manila and probably in Nueva Ecija where you are (btw my regular vendor of philippine species come all the way from your place) has been hot and extremely dry. Even if you water twice a day the plants dry out so easily specially the roots because of the dry surrounding air. A friend of mine who specializes in Vandas told me that to fill the garden floor where you hang your vandas with volcanic rock or broken clay and water the flooring regularly as in flooding it with water in order to increase humidity. Also make sure that the vandas get plenty of bright light and they are planted in open baskets so that water flows out whenever you water them.

    You also have to be aware as to what kind of vandas you are growing. Are they strap-leafed types? If so these need to be shaded from direct sunlight specially during noon and afternoons. Still they need bright light and mornign sun is okay until around 10 am. If they are semi-terete and teret leaved types these will do well in full sunlight and mounted on dead driftwood - still you have to maintain high humidity. If you can maintain high humidity, you don't really need to water twice a day - a morning heavy watering will do and you can just mist the plants in the afternoon to keep temperatures down. I bought a garden misting head for my home use - the ones similar used in professional greenhouses. This delivers my water in a very fine mist (like the fine mist that you see used outdoors in some of our malls to cool the area and people).

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    Hi Jojo, Thank you for the info. Are you using something like rooting hormone in your orchids? some of my vanda has a very poor root system and I want to give something to boost their growing process..any suggestions?

    Thanks again.

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    Yes. I am using Superthrive. You can see photos of my plants showing some fantastic results with the product. I place a capful in my large sprayer mixed in with a very dilute solution of organic fertilizer (I'm using local Ramgo Fish Extract which you can find in most large supermarkets).

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    Bella,
    jojo gave you a good advice on growing vandas, humidity is very important for them to
    grow and bloom properly. I water mine 2x a day with my wife wetting the surrounding
    area every noon carefull not putting water on any parts of the leaves. also another
    trick to increase humidity is to try to clump them up together. Like jojo asked what
    type of vandas are we talking about here? strap leaf, needs bright light but no direct
    sun, quarter terete and terete will need full sun.... If in case you cant provide enough
    humidity for them, you can pot them but use a free draining mix such as chacoal or broken
    bricks. I even have my V. Miss Joaquim and V. teres in a water tray, i know surprising
    but its working for me.

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    Hello Randy, Mine is strap leaf Vanda and I grow them outside with bright filtered sunlight. Its gets 3 hours of direct filtered light and the rest of the days is shaded. I think I should use superthrive to increase the root grows. I saw your Vandas and the roots are very healthy..I'm envious Do you use something for your roots?

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    Bella
    To be honest I only fertilize when I remember... So thats about 1x a month or so. I only
    fertilize with fish emulsion and i add a few drops of hormex to it both you can easily acquire
    locally.

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    love the photo, white is always my favourite colour in flowers.....

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    Hi Randy,

    Thank you for the info I am very much intrigued with this fish emulsion fertilizer, Jojo also used the same stuff with His orchids. Does it have a brand name or just fish emulsion fertilizer? I'm growing some phals in s/h and i don't know if using that fish emulsion is safe to s/h culture. Thank you again

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    Bella
    The one im using is a product by Ramgo... its fish/guano/seaweed and its very smelly. I did
    tried S/H for my Phals and Paphs.... they were doing great with it, except of course for the
    stink. The wife hates it and because of that I removed them from S/H and just grew them
    in pots with hydroton as my media. Be sure when you do S/H that you dont let the reservoir
    dry up....

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    Randy,

    thank you so much. I will try to find that fish emulsion. I don't mind the odor since I grow my orchids outside. I will go out today and find that fertilizer.

    If you don't mind, do you grow catlleya too? I want to as some advise about cattleya. I really want to grow them using hydroton. Do you think it's possible? what media did you use for your cattleya? Thank you again.

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