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Growing Vanda--Humiditiy?

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    I just had to get a vanda--they're getting on my nerves if I resist buying one . So, I've read that vandas like 80 to 90% humidity. If my home is that humid, then I'll be living in the tropical rainforest. So that leaves the greenhouse, which I don't have. But I really want to grow a vanda! I doubt pebble trays will give that much humidity. So I'm planning to put mine in a mini "greenhouse" that has a wooden frame and clear plastic (it's less than 2 feet long and 1 foot wide, not very big, but since my vanda is very young, it'll fit for now). Will that work? I don't know what to do in the future--vandas do get huge. So is anyone successfully growing vandas without a greenhouse?

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    Lily,

    Your mini greenhouse sounds like it would work, if you are sure to get good air movement through it so the air wont be stagnant...Maybe take it out for part of the day or every other day or something to that effect. I have a few vandas that I also couldn't resist, my greenhouse isnt set up for the requirements needed for vanda culture so I compromised by hanging them in a bright corner of my patio, surrounded by shadecloth, and I layed shredded cedar on the floor beneath it, about nine inches deep to retain lots of h2o ( I hang the plants about 2 feet from the ground). Every day i mist the shadecloth, and soak the cedar, this keeps the humidity between 75 on a hot day, and 100 on a cool. I'm sure the elders here will have a more effective plan for you.
    Good luck

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    Hi , I grew several in a plant area in the house , they are in slat baskets , were watered daily in the am . with a sprayer , I had plastic trays under them to catch the run off . the Humidity was/ is about 60% . I just moved the last one to the green house awhile back when it was done blooming . Mine never get humidity that high and do fine . If you put it in the mini green house be sure it is getting air movement . Hope this helps a little . Gin

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    Hi OA-

    Spanish moss is great to put around the roots for added humidity. Keep your vanda outside in the sumer, and you might consider getting a friend with a greenhouse to keep it over the winter...its hard to grow them well inside your home...Also, pure vandas can get real large...You might consider getting an Ascda...as it will stay smaller. I always recommend Ascda. Princess Mikassa...they stay in bloom nearly all year long, and are very hardy and relatively small. Good luck-

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    Thanks for the help, everyone !

    Now I have an ID problem. Maybe it isn't a vanda, well, not a pure vanda anyways. The label said:

    Vanda kagawara gathagong beauty 'surat'

    I did a google search and nothing came up. Then I thought, isn't "kagawara" a genus name? The weird thing is that it said "vanda kagawara" which makes hardly any sense. Is it a vanda or a kagawara? Then if it's an intergeneric it won't get big, which is good . Also, anyone heard of this name (flowers are red with some markings)?

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    Lily, you're right. Kagawara is a genus name--that plant might be a cross between the two genera.

    Nothing's coming up for me on Wildcatt or the web for "gathagong beauty," though.

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    How about Kagawara Yuthayong Beauty (Renantanda Lyn Andrade x Ascocenda Meda Arnold)? Should be spectacular, and probably bright red!

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    Misspelled label ...but now I know what it is ! Yeah, Kagawara Yuthayong Beauty sounds like it.

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    Now Sue? How the hell did you do that?

    I really want to know.

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    I went here
    http://www.rhs.org.uk/research/regis...chidsearch.asp

    And searched for
    Genus: Kagawara
    Grex: Beauty

    The RHS database searches from anywhere in the name. If you're really not sure what the name is, you can find it in this way – if it is of an odd genus, like Kagawara – by searching for just 1-3 letters in a row, anywhere in the name. Very handy.

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