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This is a discussion on Vanda question within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; So I have six Vandas now. 1 of them I bought came with bark in ...

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    So I have six Vandas now. 1 of them I bought came with bark in the basket and that plant is doing well putting out new roots now. The five latest guest came bare root in 4" plastic baskets. I repotted them into wooded baskets and they are secured to the basket with twisty ties. The bigger ones have enough roots to hold them in place without twisty ties. Should I add bark to the Vandas that need to be secured by the twisty ties?

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    It sounds as if your growing conditions suit Vandas well. I wouldn't worry about adding the bark but Provided the bark is coarse or equal to that of the other plants you could add it without a problem.

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    No, I would not add bark.

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    Ditto Cathy's suggestion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdayinflorida View Post
    No, I would not add bark.
    Agree!!

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    I disagree. There's nothing wrong with potting in bark. Vandas are no different than any other orchid, and can definitely be potted in medium. You and I are in Texas, after all, not Thailand. Houston is typically more on the humid side than Waco, but it's not like we're in a tropical zone by any means. I recommend bark+lava rock mix. Just my two cents.

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    To add to the discussion, I probably have the least favourable conditions to grow vandas etc. I found that adding coconut husk to the baskets has been a huge benefit to the health of my plants. The roots have, on most, continued to grow, although slowly, and the plants are producing spikes way in advance of what they used to. Here's a general pic.


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    What is it about your environment that make Vanda conditions less than desirable?


    Quote Originally Posted by Roy View Post
    To add to the discussion, I probably have the least favourable conditions to grow vandas etc. I found that adding coconut husk to the baskets has been a huge benefit to the health of my plants. The roots have, on most, continued to grow, although slowly, and the plants are producing spikes way in advance of what they used to. Here's a general pic.


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    My house temp can get to +/- 5c thru the winter, generally staying around 10c on most nights. The humidity varies greatly & the fibreglass sheets in the roof are old & dirty, they need replacing to let in more light, partic' for the winter. We get many days on end with 80% cloud cover, it can be bright but not really enough for Vandas. I think the good thing is that the plants have acclimatised & are growing accordingly but of course, they can do better.
    The house wasn't designed to grow Vandas in the first place but circumstances changed.

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    Ok, got you. I did not know if you were having humidity or light issues. I have fairly high humidity most of the summer and rain fall can be pretty consistant. It has been raining daily for the last two weeks here. Also, here in Texas, we have enough sun for everyone. Now last year we had a bad drought so the weather can fluctuate.

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    My house temp can get to +/- 5c thru the winter, generally staying around 10c on most nights. The humidity varies greatly & the fibreglass sheets in the roof are old & dirty, they need replacing to let in more light, partic' for the winter. We get many days on end with 80% cloud cover, it can be bright but not really enough for Vandas. I think the good thing is that the plants have acclimatised & are growing accordingly but of course, they can do better.
    The house wasn't designed to grow Vandas in the first place but circumstances changed.

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