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Vanda in spike question

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    Question Vanda in spike question

    Okay, after much effort, a Vanda purchased a month ago has suprised me with a developing flower spike. I about dropped my jaw, usually when I see a new anything coming out I sit and watch and it usually ends up being a root or something that never develops. But this time while watering I saw something that I'd never seen on one of mine before. There is a nice bulbous round head on a developing spike. I have no idea how it escaped my searching eyes and really amazed that it's developed pretty much indoors. We had a run of cold weather so the vandas have been hanging in a Southern facing window for 3 weeks. While it's in the upper 70's this week, it still is windy with a chill. Should I go ahead and bring it back inside when it gets "chilly" or will the buds develop better outside?? This is a TOTAL first for me and I don't want to mess up.
    I'm on an every other day, watering schedule with a weak fertilizer water spritzing bottle for the other days. Will that be enough? Or should I go to every day watering until the blooms set?
    Thanks for the advice...it seems like I should know all this already. Unfortunately; I'd never had any luck with Vanda's until this one!
    Connie

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    Hi Connie,

    Many of our vandas are budding and blooming right now too. Though we grow in a greenhouse where there is not drastic temp changes, the temps range can get down to 50 at times where some of the vandas hang. I would *guess* where you live it would be fine to put it out in 70 degree weather. JMO. I sure don't want to be the one that gets you to put it out there and the buds fall off though. Hopefully some people who grow outside can help with this one.

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    Connie, I would leave it be. Its obviously happy where it is. If it aint broken, don't fix it!! :-)
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    That's right if it ain't broken don't fix it.What I would like to know why are my vandas flowering at the same time as your's up there.
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    The temps dropped again....and as it was in a bedroom (southern facing) for 3 weeks when it originally sneaked a spike in on me...it is now in the back window loving it's Western sunshine. The spike is so cool to watch grow...for me the feeling is probably something akin to what those sports people feel like when they've made the play-offs! lol It has beads of orchid honey on it and has finally popped up above the leaves to catch some sun as well. I've got the windows cracked and a ceiling fan slowly turning to keep air movement going for them and to give a slight temp change at night.
    Thanks for everyone's advice...I kept them out until we hit 48 last night. When it gets back to normal again they'll just have to deal with getting babied indoors.
    Can't wait to share pics...
    Connie

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