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Do you think my Vanda is blooming size?

This is a discussion on Do you think my Vanda is blooming size? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; i would guess it is pretty close to blooming size, perhaps this season. most vandas ...

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    i would guess it is pretty close to blooming size, perhaps this season. most vandas that have flowered for me seem to grow flower stems from below the third leaf down from the top. (or in the pocket of the 4th leaf) counting from the new ones growing at the very top, after the third leaf on one side of the plant. sometimes the stem grows a bit longer between leaves to give space to the flower stem, you'll see the leaf seem to make space for it. once you learn the growing pattern of the plant you can almost predict when they will begin to spike by the size of the newest growth at the top. mine never flower until the new leaf is almost half grown. and then it will not flower again until more leaves begin to grow and are at least 1/4 grown. some nodes will skip blooming, of course, unless conditions are right, i.e. sun, watering, etc. in your photo, on the left side, where the 3rd leaf from the top has a gap below it between the 3rd and fourth leaves, that is where i bet you will get a spike this spring or summer. or on the other side of the stem at the same level.

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    So when you use 1/2 teaspoon per gallon of the 11-35-15, you're supplying about 70-75 ppm N. With the other formula, about 120-125. For an actively-growing vanda in your part of the world, you're probably doing fine.

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    Kelly, if it is a full blood Vanda it could take another year or so. Some of them need to get larger than others and it's difficult to tell unless you know how the parents are in this aspect. Be patient. I had a Paph. Roth hybrid for 10 years till it bloomed. Then it got an AM. If the plant is healthy you're doing good.

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