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Vanda help

This is a discussion on Vanda help within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Need some help with vanda repotting. Had my Vasco Pine River in a plastic pot ...

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    Need some help with vanda repotting. Had my Vasco Pine River in a plastic pot and it was not doing well. So decided to repot into a basket. Can anyone tell me if I should use a media or go bare root and if I use a media what kind. Thanks.

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    if its humid enugh you can do it bare roots-if your grow area is not that humid you can add some bark and spray afew times aday

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    Soak the roots with warm water( not hot ) prior to removing the plant. This will help prevent root breakage and also make it easier to extricate the plant from the pot. I personally cut the plastic pot into pieces and remove the pieces. It is easier to get the plant out intact. Use very little media in the wooden basket to avoid root rot. You can use large fur bark chips or any well draining material. I use coconut fiber. The key is very little material. Note, a lot of Vandas are not crazy about being repotted. It won't kill them, but may cause a period of inactivity. It is almost impossible to over water a Vanda as long as you water during the day and have good drainage,

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    Thank you, thank you both Kafir and Uechi. Will do as you say.

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    Hi Ischel,

    Sorry I did not see this post yesterday.

    We use Lava Rock in our vanda baskets. The rocks do not hold onto water, but they are good for stability for the vanda's roots. If it is not humid enough, just put some sphag or Spanish Moss over the rocks. We let the Spanish moss grow over the roots and it helps hold in moisture. Your vandas will do much better out of a plastic pot. Their roots like to get wet and then dry off.

    Cheers,
    BD

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