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Vase Culture for Vandas

This is a discussion on Vase Culture for Vandas within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hi Clint, I have been growing 3 vandas (Asd. Princess Mikasa Blue, V Blue Magic ...

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    Hi Clint,
    I have been growing 3 vandas (Asd. Princess Mikasa Blue, V Blue Magic and V Sansai Blue) in vases for 2 months.
    So far so good, I have lots of root growth on the Princess Mikasa and SPIKES!!! Yes, spikes on the Princess and Blue Magic.

    I am so excited and I will be getting some more challenging vandas, like Roberts Delight.

    We are in the middle of our winter and my temps are kept at 22C (morning) & 16C (night), the fan is always on. As you can see from the pics, there is plenty of sun shine (when it is not raining!). The light intensity ranges from just over 6000 fc to 800 fc (on a cloudy day). The humidity in my growing room is good at the moment due to all the rain, so it is around 70%.

    I started watering (30min- 1hr soaks) every day when it was warmer. Now I water every other day and spray in between. They also get a feed every week.

    For me, the main advantage of growing vandas in vases is the ease of watering and maintaining good humidity around the roots. It is still important to provide the right temps, LOTS of water.

    This is my second attempt at growing in vases, I have killed 2 vandas so far, they were the warm growing types, I managed to fry them in our hot summer sun.

    I am planning to have a party and fireworks at my place when my vandas bloom! I am very excited!

    I hope this helps!
    All the best!


    Photo 1: New spike on Princess Mikasa
    Photo 2: Nearly there! Spike on Blue magic
    Photo 3: New root growth on Pricess Mikasa
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    Last edited by Miki; July 17th, 2008 at 05:52 AM.

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    Congratulations, Juliet!


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    Air can get in from the top of the vase. There is air circulation, albeit a bit less, but more humidity. It's the balance of humidity and circulation that is important.

    Quote Originally Posted by ischel1 View Post
    So my question is Clint, how is the air going to circulate around the roots if they're in a glass vase? Won't lack of air circulation eventually cause a problem?

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