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Vanda Pakchong Blue - times two

This is a discussion on Vanda Pakchong Blue - times two within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; I'd never purchased any Vandas before 2013. Last year, I thought I would try some ...

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    Default Vanda Pakchong Blue - times two

    I'd never purchased any Vandas before 2013. Last year, I thought I would try some to see how they would do. I bought several young plants, bagged varieties from the local big-box store, including a V. Pakchong Blue 'Giant'. Roots not in great shape but not too horrible, leaves a bit dehydrated, but manageable. A second plant that was labeled on the outside of the package as a red hybrid also turned out to be another V. Pakchong Blue 'Giant'. Oh well, 2 of the same thing - could be worse. All of the plants are growing as vase culture plants (much easier to manage those crazy roots).

    After 1 year, both plants hit their first bloom. When the spike started, one moved into my office, the other is still at home. Both are now in bloom - first flowering with 2 blooms each.

    Here's a couple photos of the plant at the office (sorry - only camera available is on my phone):

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    I will try to post some photos of the plant that is at home later on.

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    Hello,
    They are beautiful!! Do you grow many this way. It is quite interesting!!

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    They are cool but I (perhaps fortunately) live in too small a space for a full sized vanda and in too dry of an environment. During the summer I was able to maintain 40% humidity in the house pretty well. Now in the winter, I am between 10 and 15% humidity most of the time.

    I have a couple of vandaceous family orchids but only one with vanda in its name. A mini, I got from Ray. Vanda Menehune Charm, which lives in my brightest orchidarium. May not be bright enough. Maybe the mini vanda will get to go outside this coming summer. I will evaluate how I think it is doing at the time. If it looks happy, outside she goes!

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    Interesting vase culture - never tried this .

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    Crazy but my local grocery sold vandas in vases like this at one time. Right when I was getting into orchids. But at the time, I wouldn't spend that much on a single orchid. How times have changed.

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    Thanks all.

    FWIW, if you look close, you will see that my "vase" is a 1-liter plastic seltzer bottle, top cut off, slits in the bottom to allow water to drain out slowly. There are also just a few small holes cut in the sides to permit a little air flow. There are some pebbles in the bottom to give a little weight & prevent it from tipping over. Except for 2 inches of pebbles, nothing else in the bottle, no growing medium. Normally, I would display it in a tall container that hides the bottle, but I don't have anything appropriate right now.

    Harvey, this is sort of a medium-sized plant for a Vanda. This is one of those "bag baby" plants, commonly available, I am sure I paid less than $15 for it. I have others - one big one, a couple other mediums, and 2 or 3 small ones. Except for the big one, all are in similar vase culture. Next summer, the big one is also going into a similar "vase", but 2 liter. This plant set buds outdoors in September, but finished developing indoors with no special humidity management; central heating, dry air. So, officially, I "grew it wrong" but it still is happy enough to bloom.

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    Wow. very interesting recycling idea for growing vanda's. thanks for sharing.

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    Default Finally posting pics of the one at home

    OK, when I first posted, I mentioned I had 2 of these plants blooming. Here are the pictures of the one that is at home:

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    Of course, it is also growing in the same type of container, no medium.

    Here is a close-up of the blooms; they are 4 inches across; just 2 of them but hey, it is a first-bloom plant:
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    Nice!

    Does this vanda smell?

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    Nice vanda and very interesting growing technique!

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