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I'm thinking about potting my Vanda...

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    Hey there! I recently got a Vanda as a free gift and I'm struggling with the same dilemmas you are dealing with. I started a thread in a different section for it...I currently have the Vanda in a glass vase on a windowsill with "water balls" in the vase...but I've come to the conclusion that the roots are too wet in their current environment. However, there's been a lot of GREAT responses on how to grow Vandas in pots...a lot of success stories there that have given me confidence to keep trying. One member has successfully grown them in pots with LECA pellets, and I really like this idea. I'm ordering some LECA pellets today. Anyway, you may want to head over and check out the thread...there's been some great advice given there! Here's the link:

    http://www.rv-orchidworks.com/orchid...n-grow-pa.html

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    Hey... just curious about how your Vandas are doing! I potted mine in LECA pellets in clay pots, and they are LOVING them. My plants came as free gifts, so they're not blooming size yet, but I think I might just be able to bloom them if I keep up what I'm currently doing. I water every other day, and the LECA pellets seem to give just the right amount of moisture to the roots while being able to dry out again quickly. They get morning sun in an Eastern window and afternoon sun in a Western window (yes, I move them back and forth every day) and they are growing happily.

    Did you say you had ordered lava rock? How is that going? :-)

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    Hey Jenn! They're doing marvelously, if I do say so myself. Glad to hear about yours as well! I'm growing mine outside on my Western balcony. They're potted up in clay pots with lava rock and a bit of course bark. I must admit, my Vanda is really loving its setup but the Mokara x Asco. is kind of at a stand-still at the moment. I really don't care as long as the Vanda is good, as it's my favorite (I know, I'm horrible haha). The other is doing fine, it's just not doing anything progressive...but I did get it later than my Vanda so it's probably just nearing the end of it's sulking period. I'll have to take pictures of them.

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    "End of its sulking period"... haha!

    Anyway, yay! I'm glad to hear you're having success. Has your Vanda ever bloomed for you? What kind is it? I actually don't have any true "Vandas," as my vandaceous orchids were all free gifts with online orders and I just got what I got...but to my untrained eye, until these vandaceous types flower, they all just sort of look the same. My 2-year-old thought it was a great idea this afternoon to help me with "labeling" my orchids (I have about 20 or so these days) and she pulled all of the labeled sticks out of my pots and rearranged all of them when I wasn't looking! Four of the plants are vandaceous types...two mid-sized plants and two seedlings...(seedlings are Mokaras, then one mid-sized Mokara and one mid-sized Aranda), and the tags were all mixed up. It's a good thing I spend so much time staring at them or I would have had no idea what tags went where! I guess there's a plus side to my obsession...

    I'm glad to hear you're having success. I know I personally want to jump up and down and high-five someone when I finally get the conditions right and make a sulky plant happy. I'd love to see pics!

    Congrats on your happy plants!

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    Haha! Darn toddlers!!! My neice is getting to that age and getting into EVERYTHING. When I at lived at home with my parents, our cats would always knock my orchids off the windowsill or scratch the leaves and I would scream at them and slap them on the behind. Then I'd feel awful, because they didn't know any better and they're so sweet...I hated getting on to them!

    Neither of my Vandaceous orchids have ever bloomed, I got them both as large bag babies. I'm not sure about my mokara x asco. hybrid...can't remember the name right now, but it's supposed to orange/artshades. My true Vanda is supposed to be fuchsia. The tag says V. Khao Lak x Dr. Anek 'somri'...it should look something like this:
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    i live in southern california, and it is very dry here. i have managed to keep a small mokara going for over 16 years in a pot. i used to have some other vanda types, but they up and died on me when i didn't realize their pots were not draining correctly and they were getting a lot of rain one spring. when it rains, i make sure they have no saucers under them now. i have always used potting medium for them, or they dry up and die quickly. in the beginning i lost several ascocendas because i followed the advice to hang them in baskets with nothing for media, and they all dried up and died. i have just recently dared to get into vandas again, having learned there are some that can take my winter outdoors. it has been annoying to bring the mokara in every winter, as it stops growing as much and any buds will blast from the light change coming in, even to a south facing window. i tried an asco in the 'semi hydro' pellets, and quickly started killing the roots, so have yanked them out and put them into a clay 8" azalea pot with large (like 4"-5") chunks of tree fern fiber (cut from tree fern pots when doing a recent phal project) and some large bark with the hydro pellets mixed in. they seem happier. these 2 (princess mikasas) are doing better now i think and their roots are coming back and growing without turning all black and stanky. i have gotten a few smaller vandas and potted thm into 8" tree fern pots on hangers. if you get smaller plants, then you can tuck their root ball into the pot, and let some hang over the egde. i have filled the pots with a bark/treefern/hydro pellet/lava mix. the coerulea seems to be doing quite well, the rest seem to be doing well. i'm hoping the roots eventually grow through the pot. i do mist almost daily (that coerulea is my baby after all, and now the cat is second choice) but the pots do retain a bit of moisture and allow good airflow also. i really only water twice a week, and they get a quick morning spray usually. i started a thread under coerulea that will show you what i did. as for the mokara in the pot, it has grown tall and leggy, been cut back and repotted, and now i have 2 smaller growths that came off the last cut, so i have 3 growing tips, and can cut it back and repot again if i want. it grows roots all along the stem out in the air, and has some rambling through the pot, but i don't see anything like the roots off of vandas people grow in florida. i don't think they need that much roots in a pot.

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