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Rhynchorides Bangkok Sunset advise needed

This is a discussion on Rhynchorides Bangkok Sunset advise needed within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I just received a Rhy. Bangkok Sunset and it appears to be in good health. ...

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    Default Rhynchorides Bangkok Sunset advise needed

    I just received a Rhy. Bangkok Sunset and it appears to be in good health. However, it is planted in a plastic pot with a bark mix. All of my vanda types are in baskets with no media. Should I take it out of the pot and put into a basket or just hang it in a basket with the bark mix?

    I am in the Houston, Texas area so lots of heat and humidity. I am worried about rot in the plastic pot.

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    I have exactly the same question! I have an actual Rhy. Bangkok Sunset in a little black pot full of coconut husk chips, that I'm wondering what to do with.

    I am endlessly puzzled by how healthy plants arrive at my door that have obviously been grown in a way that I have been told to never attempt to grow them Vanda-types in moist CHC; Phals jammed packed tight in wet sphag. Beautiful plants, but...

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    Hi Silverstoli,

    In my opinion, you should take out of the pot & just hang it like your other Vanda with no potting media. So that watering routine will be same for all your Vanda.

    You may need to soak the whole plants everyday for about a few weeks since potting medium is suddenly changed. By doing so, it will prevent from dehydration & environmental shock. It will soon be acclimatized to your new environment & hanging basket culture.

    Good luck


    Quote Originally Posted by silverstoli View Post
    I just received a Rhy. Bangkok Sunset and it appears to be in good health. However, it is planted in a plastic pot with a bark mix. All of my vanda types are in baskets with no media. Should I take it out of the pot and put into a basket or just hang it in a basket with the bark mix?

    I am in the Houston, Texas area so lots of heat and humidity. I am worried about rot in the plastic pot.
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    Hi Delila,

    Growing media are pretty much dependent on your growing environment & watering habit. If your area is very dry & windy you can use CHC & moss but must keep under shelter as direct rain pour will be nightmare for them. With CHC & moss, less watering is required.

    If your area has high humidity , you can either mount or hang it without any media. But you may need to water more often too.

    Commercial growers with controlled environment such as watering,humidity,ventilation,light,shelter can modify or use almost any kind of media including but not limited to CHC & moss.

    But more orchids are killed by over watering rather than under watering. So, if you are concern about root rot etc, you can just mount or hang with no media. And soak everyday till it is adapted to your environment & see no sign of dehydration. Keep some foliage plants to increase humidity. This way will be pretty safe for your plants.

    Hope this helps & good luck



    Quote Originally Posted by Delila View Post
    I have exactly the same question! I have an actual Rhy. Bangkok Sunset in a little black pot full of coconut husk chips, that I'm wondering what to do with.

    I am endlessly puzzled by how healthy plants arrive at my door that have obviously been grown in a way that I have been told to never attempt to grow them Vanda-types in moist CHC; Phals jammed packed tight in wet sphag. Beautiful plants, but...
    Last edited by cucubirds; October 8th, 2014 at 11:57 PM.

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    I grow mine outdoors 24/7 under 70 percent shade in a plastic basket with no medium. here it is high temp and very high humidity all year round.

    Cucubirds has given good advice.

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    Thank you for the info. That is what I was thinking, but just needed a little reassurance! Thanks again.

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    My Rhy. gigantean that has grown and is super happy...it is in a wood basket with large chunks of pine bark and the roots are as fat as my fingers. It has bloomed two or three years in a row with double spikes. None of the roots hang below the basket...don't know why. I posted it on here a couple times. If you go with nothing around the roots and it does not thrive, maybe add some chunks in there of something. I have found the lava rock and medium grade pine bark mulch that is used in flower gardens to work very well in the larger plants that like extra water but not wet feet all the time. Sometimes you have to try what you think will work and adjust things later on...because no two people have exactly the same environment or growing habits.

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    I repotted this plant this morning. I'm glad I did. It seems the roots were wound up and set on top of bark in the plastic pot. The bottom most roots were rotting and the others didn't look too happy. There was not new root growth at all. Odd, as all my other Vanda types have tons of roots growing all the time. It seems it was fairly recently put into this pot and didn't like it.

    I put it in a clay pot with holes circular holes all around (love these pots, but my local nursery only had a few - I bought them all) in a larger bark mix and have it hanging now so that it can dry out more readily. I did soak it in some KelpMax so hopefully that will boost new root growth. This flower is beautiful and I can't wait to see it bloom.

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    I just got one of these Rhynchorides bangkok sunset a few days back and was wondering what to do. A lot of discussion before on how to pot these. any updates on what has happened over the last 2 years?

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    I ended up potting mine in a small plastic basket - the type on little legs that's quite open and airy. It's done extremely well.

    I put a half inch layer of sphagnum moss in the bottom, then chunky bark for the main medium. The plant sits among other orchids on a moist earth base (rather than being hung) and is in filtered sun. In Summer it gets watered 5 or 6 days a week; in Winter maybe 3 times. My climate is warm-temperate.

    It's grown a lot and looks very happy.

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    An excellent buy as it can bloom 4-5 times a year. It does well in a normal vanda basket and requires higher sun to bloom. The leaves would have freckles of maroon spots when it is getting right amount of sun

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