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Can you over water a vanda?

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    I just got this Vanda in an empty basket I hosed it down and mist it ever few hours
    I was told just to mist it a few times daily, can you over water a Vanda with no media
    how long should I wait till I start fertilizing it , some of the leaves where creased and some roots broken in shipping :fingers crossed: Name:  DSC08293.JPG
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    Vanda looks a bit dehydrated. I would soak the roots in RO/rain water with KLN/kelpmax for 10-20 minutes. You can soak in water every day till it puts out new roots and you can start to fertilize after that

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    it has some nice thick roots at the top than turn nice and green when misted but I will soak it for 10-220 minutes in the morning , don't have any kln
    \ it was in the mail 6 days with no moss or wet paper towels around the roots , in a to small of a box that creased the leaves
    but the newer roots look healthy , but a good soak can't hurt

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    In the absence of seaweed extract, a mild glucose would be good. I usually do about 1-2 grams per liter and soak the roots.

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    You can use superthrive, will give same effect on roots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chemist View Post
    You can use superthrive, will give same effect on roots.
    IF the Superthrive is fresh.

    The synthetic hormones in it and K-L-N are quite chemically unstable, and elevated temperature or exposure to light can degrade them rapidly. The owner of Dyna-Gro, who makes K-L-N, once told me that a fresh batch, if kept refrigerated, will be good for about a year. Allowed to be warm or exposed to light, and - depending upon the degree - that can drop to a matter of weeks. So, unless you know the age, how the product was handled during distribution, and how long it's been on the store shelf, be wary. At least Dyna-Gro now puts an expiration date on K-L-N.

    {Editorial Comment: The chemistry is solid, so I am convinced it is that degradation that causes such widely-differing experiences with the synthetic products - some think they're great; others think they're a waste of money.}

    Surprising to me was the fact that the natural chemistry of KelpMax has been shown to be extremely stable in household conditions for over four years. I would avoid storing it in a warm greenhouse, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raybark View Post
    Surprising to me was the fact that the natural chemistry of KelpMax has been shown to be extremely stable in household conditions for over four years. I would avoid storing it in a warm greenhouse, though.
    Is that for the liquid extract or the granular form? I have granular form of a different brand of kelp extract. I make up a quart of concentrate then use from that.

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    I am referring to KelpMax liquid only - brands differ pretty significantly. From what I've read, the dried forms are overall less effective, as the active ingredients degrade during the drying process.

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