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Ascda. Sweet Pea 'Ruby'

This is a discussion on Ascda. Sweet Pea 'Ruby' within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; (Ascocenda Peggy Foo x Vanda denisoniana) I seem to be having more luck with my ...

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    Default Ascda. Sweet Pea 'Ruby'

    (Ascocenda Peggy Foo x Vanda denisoniana) I seem to be having more luck with my ascocenda's this year, this is my third or fourth to bloom for me. First time this one has bloomed , had it over 2 years. When I first got it I hung it on the very outer edge of my vanda area, because I remember reading somewhere, not on this site, that ascda.s like a lot of sun,a few months ago I moved it back from the edge and it blooms for me. I also have an ascda that CJ posted blooming, I took her advice and moved it out to the outer edge and I noticed a spike forming, so go figure, I guess perhaps the parents of the cross play an important role. This was an easy red to capture with a camera, not like some catt reds. The plant is so small in comparison to the roots

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    Beautiful Red Ed in all it's fullness. Amazing roots also......................AL

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    very nice red! that is a huge bundle of roots! what causes vanda types to do that? i mostly grow in pots, and they don't put out so much roots this way. but the few i have bought that are too attached to their vanda baskets to remove are starting to grow like that, but not to this degree. do you use a root stimulator or something?

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    The red color so beautiful and your atmosphere is very conducive to grow this wonderful vanda as the the roots growing like a weeds.

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    Stunning!!! As a very general rule, we in Malaysia here, grow our strap leaf vandas and ascocendas in in our orchid house under 50-70% shade cloth. Strap leaf vandaceous are happiest under shade; the terete and semi-terete vandas and ascocendas can tolerate full sun as their narrow leaves have less surface area exposed to the sun. However there is a caveat here re the strap leaf types - those with Arachnis (eg. Aranda, Mokara) in their parentage do well in the full sun. Vandaceous with Renanthera in their ancestry (eg Renantanda, Kagawaara,Renanstylis etc) would do better with at least 50% shade.

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    thanks, coeruleo the only root stimulant I use is seaweed/kelp. I use diluted amounts of fertilizer every time I water with a hose end sprayer for my vandas, it seems to give good results that way. I'll use seaweed every 2 weeks or so starting after last cold snap in spring and stop using it around October, also use fish emulsion along with other fertilizers. At this time of year I water at least twice a day, sometimes more, yesterday we hit 91 degrees here so I watered 3 times. I also in the summer on a very hot day, water them around 6 in the evening spraying just the roots, I found this info on a Floridian orchid society's page and it seemed to go against everything I've been told, but when it's hot here you can do a good spraying and 10 minutes later everything is dry, so this late watering gives the roots time to drink when it is cooler. I also live close to the coast so I almost always have a good breeze going to dry them. I also have some mounted catt crosses, encyclias, and some schomberg. crosses, growing in the same area that get the same treatment and seem to love it. This method works for me and for where I'm growing, as they say one man's meat is another man's poison.

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    thanks Al, happy to say I found I have the vasco/mimi cross of yours I admired, had been sent a small seedling with last order, forgot all about it until yesterday, a ways to go before blooming size, fingers crossed.

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    thank you Zainal, coming from someone with your expertise that is a true compliment.

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    Thanks Yew, for your compliments and advice, always appreciated. Last year I grew under 50% shade cloth, last winter I changed to 40% on eastern half of grow area and 30% on western side, I have a few trees that filter the sun on that side, and it seems to have helped I am getting more frequent blooms and plants seem to be healthy. I have 2 Arachnis, but got them as cuttings and am afraid to give them a lot of sun until I have some good root development. My true love is teretes and semi-teretes, teretes are almost impossible to find here, and I have a few semi's that really balk when I slowly introduce them to more sun, one that comes to mind is a coeruleo/Hilo rose cross. I have one Renanstylis that has been everywhere in my grow area to give it the right light, so I will follow your advice on placing this one. With ascocendas I am about to throw my arms in the air, I move 1 to less light it blooms, I move another to more light and it buds, I guess the answer is find where they are happy and don't move them. thanks again

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    Beautiful vanda! I love the color. The roots look excellent. Good growing.

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