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A Newbie's Vanda 'Mocha Spot'

This is a discussion on A Newbie's Vanda 'Mocha Spot' within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Greetings from England UK... I thought that you guys may like to see one of ...

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    Greetings from England UK... I thought that you guys may like to see one of my Vanda's in bloom. It's been growing strong & healthy now for 12+ years and rewards me every time with two or three spikes... My method of growing Vanda's is perhaps unconventional, but it serves me very well and has yet to fail... I live in one room of a care-home facility, which thankfully has both South facing and an East facing window, which allows me to grow several species in a limited space.

    The roots of this beauty are at least 6ft long, however I cannot be done with all of that spraying nonsense & bother and so I use a 'fail-proof' alternative instead, as can be seen in my photos. Basically, I spiral the roots into a straight-sided glass vase which holds about 5-6 pints of water. The plant more or less supports itself with the aid of a cane. Watering is a 'breeze' as all I have to do is fill the vase to its brim, leave for 10 minutes, pour it all away and then repeat with a second soaking... During active growth and before any flower spikes are showing, I begin the first soaking with 1/2 strength liquid feed per 6 pints. The second soaking ensures that no build-up of feed is left... Here in England, I need only to do this once per week during Winter and twice during the hotter months of Summer, and 'hey presto' the results are stunning every year and without fail.
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    Very pretty. They say necessity is the mother of all invention. Well done!
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    Many Thank's, CattyRobb, I kinda guessed that some folks would appreciate my efforts!

    I like to challenge myself with different varieties, and so I've just purchased a second Masdevallia, another Phrag, and my first Psychopsis (Kramerianum) and a Bulbophyllum ´Tiger Hood' which I'm hoping doesn't stink too much!

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    Welcome Roxy! Very nice!

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    Thanks Sheryl

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    Outstanding job Roxy and you are proof that most orchids CAN be adapted to your growing situation.
    All you have to do is take the time to understand what they want and then noodle on how to duplicate it as close as possible with what you have to work with.
    Over time with a little experimentation and a few tweaks and .........voila, a beautiful vanda!

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    @Keysguy... I tend to estimate the Light & Temperature first which are perhaps the most important factors with most orchids, and then humidity and watering. 'Most' species will quickly show you if they're not happy, and so with a few tweaks here & there one can adjust things... Provided you know the species and from where in the world it grows wild, it's just a case of trying to mimic that environment as best you can, whilst modifying it suitably for our own needs... Well, that's my philosophy anyway! I have Vanda's, Phrags & Paphs and Brassia all in the same small living room, alongside Masdevallia's & Cattleya's, and all of them thrive well and grow and/or flower each year. I use fogger's & small USB fans and humidity trays as and when required... Oh, AND two very small Vanda seedlings have trebled in size these past two weeks, growing under the same conditions as my 'Mocha Spot' … My next 'challenge' are a Psychopsis and a Bulbophyllum which arrived today, and that's just about it. I have no space left for anything more! lol

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