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Ascocenda Ladda Gold and A Broken Aranda

This is a discussion on Ascocenda Ladda Gold and A Broken Aranda within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; First is the lovely Ascda. Ladda Gold, blooming again. I think each time it blooms ...

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    First is the lovely Ascda. Ladda Gold, blooming again. I think each time it blooms it has a slightly different color. This time there is a lot more yellow in the background. These flowers are tough to get a picture of though. The sunlight brings out the orange and my camera can't seem to get it right today. lol Secondly; we have been having storms. The storms usually are hitting at night and are so strong it wakes me up. This is what happens when you twist tie a plant to the hanger. This is why baskets are sooo much better when it comes to high winds. In the second picture I used arrows to show where the plant broke. I basically twist tied the whole thing back onto the hanger until I see if the bottom will give me some keikei's. It's a good thing the upper section has such nice roots or it would be a long time before it recovered.

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    Very pretty, mine has a nice set of flowers on it now. Like you, I noticed that the blooms are different orange color this year but a very nice orange. I keep sniffing it hoping by a flue of nature it will be fragrant. After a couple of years I have still have not given up! lol

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    beautiful Ascda., too bad about the aranda, but I know what it's like in Florida storms, culturing in pots is like the wind playing dominos with your orchids, great roots on the aranda

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    Quote Originally Posted by stateless View Post
    beautiful Ascda., too bad about the aranda, but I know what it's like in Florida storms, culturing in pots is like the wind playing dominos with your orchids, great roots on the aranda
    I have come up with a sort of potting and basket method that works so far. I keep my square baskets filled with broken clay pieces to help add weight to them. Also, if I am aware of high winds coming I water the daylights out of everything. Between keeping my baskets heavy and putting my potted plants in between them, so far i'm seeing less plants on the ground that I have to repot. That big plant was attached to the original hanger with a big plastic locking tie wrap thing. It had no give and was too sharp and after looking at the stalk you could see where it basically sawed through. I use tie's that will break under that stress rather than break the plant. Or I keep them in a basket. I'd rather have a plant fall over than break...but this time the wind saved me the trouble of doing a topping. lol I'm getting used to waking up to a mess out back. And if it's not wind it's some night critter...or snails...lol. With my backyard you just never know what you are going to find.

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    A very beautiful Ascda, great form and colour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cjcorner View Post
    First is the lovely Ascda. Ladda Gold, blooming again. I think each time it blooms it has a slightly different color.
    Gorgeous coloration. It's possible that variances in temperature and sun intensity (though I realize in your latitude fluctuations in the latter are likely minor) are having an effect upon the coloration. At least I know it can with catts.

    Quote Originally Posted by Cjcorner View Post
    That big plant was attached to the original hanger with a big plastic locking tie wrap thing. It had no give and was too sharp and after looking at the stalk you could see where it basically sawed through.
    Hmm, I wonder if using something like pantyhose material would work well for you? It would be a broader support tie while being somewhat stretchy and breathable.

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    Nylons might work, but since I don't wear them I can never remember to buy them. lol I have a five minute memory...sometimes faster. I often find myself standing in the kitchen wondering what I went in there for. So I have twine that gets soft as it gets older...or twist ties that will break if the wind is too strong. With the towering vanda anything too strong will end up breaking the plant in high winds. I was thinking about topping the Aranda after it bloomed this summer anyways...nature saved me some time.

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    Love the Ascocenda Connie. It seems with orchids there is always plenty of side work. Between pest control, Repotting. and in my case keeping the green house clean it definitely keeps you going. I shouldn't, but I still hate repotting, so I respect how much of this chore you have to do. Do you water your Vandaceous types twice a day Connie? I was for well over a year and a half, but now I find it's a rather grueling core as I can't use a hose in my green house. I'd flood underneath this hillside home and eventually ruin the green house tile floor. With the greenouse evaporative cooler the temps are mild, in the sevenities F. during the day and sixties at night so that second watering is probably not necessary anyway. Humidity runs 70% to 85% this time of year with humidifiers going and our summer rains. I don't know that I'll ever match the number of blooms you get in Florida on Vandas, Cattleyas, Encyclias, and Dendrobiums in particular, but I work in a nice 'bubble' at least. AL

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    Quote Originally Posted by orchidsal View Post
    Love the Ascocenda Connie. It seems with orchids there is always plenty of side work. Between pest control, Repotting. and in my case keeping the green house clean it definitely keeps you going. I shouldn't, but I still hate repotting, so I respect how much of this chore you have to do. Do you water your Vandaceous types twice a day Connie? I was for well over a year and a half, but now I find it's a rather grueling core as I can't use a hose in my green house. I'd flood underneath this hillside home and eventually ruin the green house tile floor. With the greenouse evaporative cooler the temps are mild, in the sevenities F. during the day and sixties at night so that second watering is probably not necessary anyway. Humidity runs 70% to 85% this time of year with humidifiers going and our summer rains. I don't know that I'll ever match the number of blooms you get in Florida on Vandas, Cattleyas, Encyclias, and Dendrobiums in particular, but I work in a nice 'bubble' at least. AL
    I do water twice daily...but maybe you should consider misting? It won't create as much run off, and if you do that a few times a day it won't matter that you haven't thoroughly watered because mist is easier for them to take in anyways. Some afternoons when it's in the 90's I go sit in the vanda section and put the hose thing on mist. It's great for cooling off, the vanda love it....and I just enjoy sitting there like that. When I do my mistings in addition to my waterings the roots grow faster than anything. With your lower temps I know that isn't possible...but maybe one watering and one good misting will do better in your area. And I know it's fun to get a high flower count, but you'd be surprised at how many of the flowers hate this heat and don't bloom right. So maybe a lower count wouldn't be so bad...you probably have tons and tons less flowers that rot. My Laelia tenebrosa was so awful this year I cut the opening buds off and set it into lower light for awhile. They were rotting before they could open and I didn't want the rot spreading. Each growing environment comes with it's own challenges I guess...

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    Good, thoughtful advice Connie! I'll give it a try! Boy are you right about each environment having its own challenges. I use to try to convince my Vandas that they lived in Florida or Malaysia, but They don't believe it anyway and I find they still have to do their own adaptations in their own time. Thanks Connie! AL

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