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Vanda grower question.

This is a discussion on Vanda grower question. within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I was wondering at what winter temperature do you bring your Vanda orchids inside? I ...

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    Default Vanda grower question.

    I was wondering at what winter temperature do you bring your Vanda orchids inside? I have one that has a spike (my first Vanda spike) so would like to save that if at all possible.

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    I bring my vandas indoors whenever it gets below 50 degrees. I got that temperature from a book on vandas by Dr. Martin Motes. Not all vandas are the same though. Some are more sensitive to cold than others. I was told that blue/purple vandas can withstand cold weather better than yellow or red because of the species in their background. But the only vanda I have that has suffered significant cold damage was a blue vascostylis. It lost several leaves at a temperature where none of my other vandas suffered at all. I can't remember what the temperature was.

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    I usually go by 50 also, but truly I think that 60 would be safest. I've lost several also (the quickest to die was a blue that looked alot like coerula, go figure) and all of mine have bare stalk at the bottom from winter stress. Ugly, but it doesn't seem to bother them.

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    Thanks for the replies Kelly and Jeff. I will be away for 11 days and would like to turn off my watering system just in case it gets colder while I am away. Do you think my Vandas will be harmed by not having water for that long? Looks like our highs as it stands now will be in the low to mid 80's during the day and low to mid 60's at night with a few days in the 50's. Even if I brought them in they are not going to be watered until I return.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Miller View Post
    Thanks for the replies Kelly and Jeff. I will be away for 11 days and would like to turn off my watering system just in case it gets colder while I am away. Do you think my Vandas will be harmed by not having water for that long? Looks like our highs as it stands now will be in the low to mid 80's during the day and low to mid 60's at night with a few days in the 50's. Even if I brought them in they are not going to be watered until I return.


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    If you're turning the watering system off just because of the possibility of cold weather, I would say leave it turned on. Here in South Florida nurseries always water their plants when cold weather is coming because the water actually keeps the plants warmer. That sounds counter-intuitive because you or I would not want to be wet when cold weather arrives but it actually helps protect plants from the cold. Also vandas can't store much water so they like to be watered regularly. Having said that, my vandas have been without water for over a week, when I was out of town, and they didn't seem to suffer any. You might be OK either way. Just do what makes you feel most comfortable.

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    I bring mine in when we are due for the first frost. A friend of mine waited till after the frost and suffered no damage.

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