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Care for my Spider?

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    Hi everyone,
    I'm so glad to have found this forum. Over the last two years I have become an orchid addict. I now have fifteen babies ranging from many moth orchids to several oncidiums, two paphs and one vanda. I have only recently gotten one of my phaleonopsis to rebloom (from an existing stalk, I still haven't gotten one to spike on its own) Anyway, I have two questions.

    First, I just bought a gorgeous spider orchid. Right now I have it in a south-facing window where it is getting quite a bit of light. I was wondering if anyone had any tips on how to keep this little girl healthy and happy. She is in full bloom at the moment, and I'd like to keep the blooms as long as possible.

    Second, About three weeks ago I purchased my first Vanda. I bought her at half price because she had been sitting in the store for two long. She was also in bloom when I bought her, but the blooms had not completely opened, so I thought I would have a good amount of time with the blooms. She is in a hanging basket with no potting medium at all. I have her in the sunniest place in my apartment and I mist her roots every morning. Her blooms are not lasting. Once each one opens completely, it almost immediately begins to fade. I was wondering if I was doing something to perpetuate this. Any help would be wonderful.

    thanks,
    catherine

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    Glad you have come to the forum. I used to live in NC, in Greensboro. Travelled all over the state because I was a consultant. Been to Boone. As for your vanda - I don't grow them, but there are a lot of folks here that do so I am sure that you will get advice. But most orchids don't like to be moved to a new environment.. They sulk. And drop blossoms. That might be part of the problem.

    The brassia might find the south facing window too much in the summer. Do you have an east facing window? For now, make sure she's getting sufficient water, as blossoming plants require more water than non-blooming plants...

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    Hi Catherine,

    Welcome, welcome!

    Alas, Massachusetts is not Vanda country, but Diane is right - many plants will 'blast' their buds if moved to different conditions suddenly. I had a Phal that did that to me last Feb, right after I received it. The more fully-formed buds either opened and croaked, or just plained croaked. The lesser-formed ones grew and bloomed normally, so maybe you'll still get some blooms out of your Vanda.

    There's a lot of variety in the Brassia genus. Some of the species are mountain growers and like it colder, some love heat. Some like fairly bright light, some like more shade. Do you know what yours is? Is there a tag on it, or can you post a picture? (Better yet, both!)

    Julie

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    Thanks guys. I'm trying to figure out how to put a pic of my spider in this thing. This might take a while....

    yep...couldn't figure out how to do it. But I did find a picture on the web of my spider; it looks exactly like this one.. http://www.******************************************/orch...um_spider.html
    you can paste that into your browser and view it that way.
    any care tips would be helpful. It is getting quite a bit of sun at the moment, but it seems to be no worse for the wear. Does anyone know how long these blooms typically last?

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    That sure looks like a Kenneth Bivin to me. It's a Brassidium, which is a cross between a Brassia (true spider orchid) and an Oncidium. And good God, look at those prices!

    It's an easy plant to grow. It wants bright, indirect light (although mine is happier with higher light, but then I live pretty far north), and you should water it as the potting material starts to dry out. Fertilize at half strength every week or two. As the flower spike starts to grow, water it a bit more through the end of its flowering. Pretty standard stuff. The plants get big and the spikes can be huge (mine had two last Dec that were over 43" long.) I recommend a clay pot to support the weight of the plant, or set a plastic pot inside a clay one for stability.

    Hoa posted a nice photo of the flower in Dec.
    http://www.rv-orchidworks.com/orchid...hlight=Kenneth
    It's about halfway down the page. Is that what you've got? I think mine bloomed for 4-5 weeks.

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    thanks for all of the info. I checked that link and no, I don't think that pic is what i have. I'm positive that it is the brassidium in my link. They are identical. Sooooo, one more question. I left one of my Phals in the window too long and two of its leaves are pretty badly burned. Should i get rid of those leaves? Is there any hope for them?

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    I would leave them unless the spots get soft. They will eventually fall off. I had some burn last summer and they have all recovered but you will have to wait for them to outgrow the burns.

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    Welcome to the forum .
    About the Vanda , Water well (lots) until the roots turn green in the am . Fert. weekly, if you are using Orchid Fert. use as the directions say , they are heavy feeders , I did have mine in the house in Mo. and they bloomed well . Gin

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