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This is a discussion on Vanda potted or bare root? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; All of my Vanda's are bare rooted. However, I just purchased 2 Vanda Coerula's and ...

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    All of my Vanda's are bare rooted. However, I just purchased 2 Vanda Coerula's and they came potted. Since I will be growing them outside or in a greenhouse, should I keep them in the pot or bare root them?Name:  IMG_0705.jpg
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    Vanda coerulea is a good buy any day. If it is potted, I would leave it as is. all the very best

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    Normally I would leave it as it is for some time, to recover from the trauma of being relocated to a new environment , but since you have had good success growing your vandas bare root, there is no reason why you should not do the same with your new coerulea. Any way, the plant looks ready to be moved out of the pot.

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    I grow my vandas bare root because I think their roots just add to their beauty. I have one potted...got it as a gift and the only reason it's still in the clay pot is because all the roots are wound around the inside of the pot. Another thing, when in a pot they are more vulnerable to certain pests and diseases. Snails and slugs for example.

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    Monica, if you're used to dealing with bare-root vandas, then definitely go for with these.

    We have to remember that the thing to consider is "How can I give the plant what it wants?" Many vandaceous plants have very similar needs, so you ought to be able to translate what you already know to those.

    The only potential "gotcha" I can see is that V. coerulea tends to prefer cooler temperatures than many other vandas, so summers in your part of the world might be a little bit stressful for them. If you get them growing well before then, I doubt it'll be a significant issue.

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    Would anyone happen to know the max temp for this variety? If my summers are too warm, would it be better to keep in a pot and grow under lights indoors?

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    A couple of comments on that:

    1) "Cooler growing" may suggest overall cooler temperatures, but in many cases, it's more about allowing it to get cool enough at night. In the case of Vanda coerulea, those nighttime temperatures can be into the upper 50's, but some can candle the low '70's with no issue.

    2) You can partially compensate for upper temperature limits by balancing the sun exposure with temperature. For example, Cymbidium sinense can tolerate snow if it gets full sun, but needs 90%+ shade when it gets really hot, tolerating 100° with no issue if kept well watered.

    3) Not all plants of a particular species or hybrid demand the same conditions. Species have ranges and can have split populations, as well. Plants from one area may be used to more light, higher temperatures, etc., than some from another part of the range.

    You're stuck with whatever conditions you can provide. Grow the plants in a manner consistent with those similar plants you already have success with, and BE OBSERVENT. If you see an apparent weakening, make an adjustment.

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    I grow V.coerulea in my shade house with 50% shade. Our summers can be hot (upto 37 Celsius) and some months can be dry (10-20% humidity). I grow this under a tree with bright light and gets direct light in the evening. I concur with Ray, you can possibly you can place it along side your vanda's and observe what happens and quick adjust if you notice a problem

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    I have had trouble with vandas and their hanging roots dropping into pots that are on the bench underneath.
    So I have potted most in large pots with very large bark or wine corks.But my problem is now most wines are screw tops.
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    Wow. seeing Vanda on a wine cork medium for the first time.Does the container have holes in its sides?. if no I would recommend a few holes for the roots to breath.

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