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This is a discussion on Vanda potting mix within the General Information forums, part of the Frequently Asked Questions category; I currently have a vanda in a basket. It is being stabilized in coconut husk ...

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    Question Vanda potting mix

    I currently have a vanda in a basket. It is being stabilized in coconut husk fiber. Is that a bad idea?

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    Depends on your watering schedule. Vanda orchids like to dry out between waterings. The coco husk fiber might hold too much water if you water often or don't have enough air movement. All of my vandas are grown in a greenhouse (so high humidity) and are planted in lava rock and x-large redwood bark.

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    Default Vanda pot mix.

    My vanda is in a basket. I thought I could use the coconut fiber to help stabilize it since there are only what appears to be two roots. How would I use lava rock?

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    Hi moniluhum in my country ( weather are hot and wet only) I liked to use coconut fiber as it's retain some moisture and I found it very suitable just have a look the photos below. The first photo is vanda species unlnown, second one Vanda tricolor and the 3rd one is vanda jennae so far they are very happy with this medium hope give you soe idea.
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    Default Vanda pot mix.

    So the photos are of the vandas in coconut fiber? It doesn't look like it. I would take a picture of mine, but have not found out how to do it yet. Nice plants. How often do they bloom.

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    I have tried to follow your instructions on how to add photos with no success. I have an iPhone, flicker, photo stream. Tried using the icon where you add the http file and it is not accepted. Any ideas?

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    Quote Originally Posted by moniluhum View Post
    I have tried to follow your instructions on how to add photos with no success. I have an iPhone, flicker, photo stream. Tried using the icon where you add the http file and it is not accepted. Any ideas?
    Yes, untick the check box under the line where you add the http link.

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    I believe there was a similar thread a few months ago which you should be able to find about stabilizing a vanda with few roots and encouraging new roots, I believe the thread was started by Angela, but a great detailed instruction was provided by another member.

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    Thanks for the info.

    what size lava rocks do you use?

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    Quote Originally Posted by moniluhum View Post
    So the photos are of the vandas in coconut fiber? It doesn't look like it. I would take a picture of mine, but have not found out how to do it yet. Nice plants. How often do they bloom.

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    Hi Moni I used totally coconut fibers let see the close up photos below. Talking about the vanda species blooms that is the most tricky and difficult to answer I only can elaborate some of them based on my experience. Here we go
    Vanda arcuata 4 to 6 times a year.
    Vanda dearii 4 to 6 times a year
    Vanda luzonicz 4 to 6 times
    Vanda tessellata 4 to 6 times
    vanda denisoniana 4 to 6 a years
    vanda coerulea 4 to 5 times
    Vanda jennae 1 or 2 highland plant
    Vanda tricolor 3 to 5 times
    Vanda hestifera var. hes 2 to 4 times
    Vandas canden 4 to 6 times
    Vanda hindsii 1 to 3 times
    Vanda helvola 3 to 5 times.
    All are based on my observation in Melaka Malaysia near the Equator.

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