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World's smallest Vanda coerulea?

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    Glad it lifted your spirits abit. Is this one part of that big order you were forced to place and so sacrifice food for a month..?

    The victim vanda got its crown washed out with hydrogen peroxide 6% because it was a redundant bottle in storage years ago and my eyes lit up when reading about its usefulness. God knows who used to bleach their hair? unless it was a gardening product? I intricately operated on bad smelling crown with tissue removal and 200 cotton buds later lost my patience and chopped the bloody thing halfway, dumping the crappy bit. Side shoot appeared remarkably fast and now has 6 pairs of leaves (growing right through winter we just had) so my winter supplementary florescent lights were a good choice! and a now a spike (looks like a childs head peering out of hiding place.)

    Im no hardcore vanda fan and so did little research other than reading casually here. Simply salvaged from reduced section £10 - £15. I was expecting to be issued with a 'Restraining Order' as I stalked the houseplant section of garden centre for weeks hoping for a well timed bargain. £49 - £60 full price, if it were a cycnoche, catasetum, neomoorea or peristeria then yes! but vanda - nope! In a communal plant setting they need a fan on alot and to deal with any mini pools collected in crown and bracts. I also suspend them higher up than rest to avoid sprayed water contact. I just adore all the roots being free, an important aesthetic value for my viewing pleasure. I cant increase the numbers though with any vandaceous really, maybe 1 0r 2 at a pre organised push, due to the demand of high light and hogging to much sun. East or west they have to be frontrow and i just have to have a mix orchid or not.

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    Matt this was a cheap find from a German vendor - cheaper for me than I might have imagined actually It was cheaper to get it sent from Germany than to have it come from the south of England! - including postage. I do not have lights to grow things under. I would rather not bother with that. I just like the sun to do what it is supposed to do. I expect that I will have a long wait for blooms but I don't mind really. As long as the plant stays alive in my windowsill then that is all that I ask.

    I have treated myself to another cheap find this time from the UK. I got myself a tiny little baby Zygo. I had one many years ago and I neglected it but now that I am confident in my care of orchids I know that I can and will do right by it.

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