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NoID Vanda.... rescue so not a selfish purchase!

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    Talking NoID Vanda.... rescue so not a selfish purchase!

    So why do I do it? I go to a homestore to get some perfectly ordinary sticky hook thingies and I come out with a new friend.

    To top it all off, it's not like I haven't admitted already that I am not sure I can care for these plants. But it looked miserable sitting there at the back of the shelf, going a bit wrinkly. It was just begging to be brought home and sat in a bucket of water... And it was half price..

    What am I on about? Introducing Mr NoID Vanda, although is it likely to be an ascosenda instead? I hear that it is these that are normally sold in UK shops as vandas, rather than actually really truly being vandas...

    I don't know if vandas often get sold in vases in the US, but over here it seems like it is becoming quite common. He's a bit moth eaten, but doing okay for having been sat in the dark. He does have rather a lot of dead roots, and I am not sure if I should leave them be, or chop them off.

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    Hi Kerry,
    I have to be short since I have a lot of things to do today. I think I can figure out a name for this noid vanda of yours. It is very pretty. It could be Asc. Princess Mikasa 'Blue'.
    In term of caring for it, trim away the dead roots (most but not all), the dead roots retain moisture for the plant but too much, they encourage rot. Repot the plant into a basket just like your other vanda, use very loose medium or sparsely pack the roots in moss. That would help to increase the moisture around the roots. Keep the plant warm and very bright. Feed the plant at least once a week. It should do well.
    Cheers. Hoa.
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    Nice find! I have never seen a vanda in a homestore here

    I'd probably soak the roots and chop off whatever doesn't turn green, then keep it warm and bright like Hoa said. My two are in transparent plastic pots with some sphag around the roots and they seem to be happy enough with a weekly soak & feed and a heavy (i.e. until the aerial roots turn green) misting once a day unless it's a cloudy day. I cannot wait til my Princess Mikasa finally opens, wish it would hurry

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    Rescue or no rescue, that is a good find!!

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    Sorry - just realised that I had named the shop I bought it from. Apologies, and thanks for amending that.

    Hoa - If I had realised it was likely to be a princess, then I wouldn't have called her a him. As it is, well, she's probably going to have to put up with being confused for now. I shall name her something innocuous and assexual to minimise further confusion!

    Elena - get down there now and check it out, they even had some Cymbidiums, and the cutest micro-mini phals that I just wanted to get all of them.. However, they were 9.99 each and I told the plants much as I loved them, they weren't coming home until they were reduced. Well I did want 3...

    I just wanted to check, BD mentioned that his vandas are at the top of his greenhouse, does this mean that they are ok in direct light? I have put the net curtains back up in my dining room for the catts, but the vandas could live in the bedroom as this window is also South East facing.

    I was wondering about experimenting with the vase, seeing how they do, the only problem is making sure it gets emptied properly of the water that drains down as there are no drainage holes. It seems to be a very popular method on a UK forum, for keeping the humidity up. but I prefer the plastic pot idea - it makes more sense to me, even if it doesn't look quite as striking.

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    Oooh, enabling! Thankfully my nearest store is a fair bit away and would require a loooong walk so I'm going to resist.

    I think water at the bottom of a vase would concern me too especially when the plant's roots go all the way down like with yours. It does have a lot of roots though so you'd need one huge pot and a lot of soaking of the roots if you decide to put it into one so I'm really not sure what the best way to proceed would be actually...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kerry View Post
    Sorry - just realised that I had named the shop I bought it from. Apologies, and thanks for amending that.
    No worries, Kerry! Easy fix.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kerry View Post
    I just wanted to check, BD mentioned that his vandas are at the top of his greenhouse, does this mean that they are ok in direct light? I have put the net curtains back up in my dining room for the catts, but the vandas could live in the bedroom as this window is also South East facing.
    We do grow our vandas up high in the top of the GH so they can get really bright light. We also have a shade cloth over the top of the GH to reduce the direct light. So, bright - filtered light. They still get very strong light, but not direct light as it is filtered through our shade cloth.

    Cheers,
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    Thank you!

    My light issues (well issues recording light) that I mentioned in another post, are about to be solved by a very nice person at work who is going to lend me the (rather frighteningly expensive) department light meter.

    I shall have fun with that this weekend! (I am either so totally obssessed it's embarrassing, or I am really really sad)


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