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Vanda yellow, shriveled roots

This is a discussion on Vanda yellow, shriveled roots within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; At 8:30 AM the dehumidifier gave a reading of 50% RH in the sun room. ...

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    At 8:30 AM the dehumidifier gave a reading of 50% RH in the sun room. I'm going to check this afternoon to see. The humidity outside is 74% which is where the Vanda was moved.

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    Charlie I am hoping that you can keep youR plant alive too. This is only my second Vanda so there is a learning curve.
    This morning I soaked the Vanda in seaweed and it slipped out of the pot. It was surprising that it was in a hanging plastic basket! This is telling me that this Vanda was NOT raised In a pot but stuffed inside of one once it was ready to be shipped. So in the span of a few days it was stuffed In a pot, kept in a hard dark truck for four days then purchased by me and kept inside for a week or so at lower humidity that it was accustomed too. No wonder it is having trouble. I cut off a lot of dead roots this morning and and hoping the Vanda makes it. I temporarily hung string on the basket and then hung that to a coat hanger (looks horrible) then hung it outside. I have some wire hangers coming in a week.
    I'm starting to think it was the abrupt change in culture and shock of transport that didn't help.

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    Well, as there aren't vandas where I live and I have bought mines online, yes, they suffer a lot travelling and it takes them some time to get adjusted, it is tough for them, but if there was a previous problem with the vanda it can happen like with one of mines, that is dying no matter what I do to avoid it. Good luck with your vanda

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    Even though you had to remove the dead roots it should bouns back. I've seen videos on YouTube and they said long as you have 3 viable roots left it can make a recovery.
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    Gale andrea I hope that your Vanda makes it too.
    I'm hoping the physan and seaweed helps mine turn around.
    Charlie thank you for the encouragement. I'm going to give it a few days and then assess the roots again before I make any more cuts. The problem was that the upper part of the root were sometimes rotting but the lower or branching roots looked ok.

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    I finally changed out the river rocks for lava rock. My concern is, I washed the rocks before I used them. Now that the RH is 60-70% and the temperature is currently 75°.I noticed this morning that the roots are still green as if I just watered it. I withheld today's watering. How long can the roots stay this way before I have to worry about root rot/fungal problems?
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    Traci, What is the seaweed treatment that you mentioned ---- vendor information removed -see faqs on posting----? I'm always looking for a better fertilizer for my orchids. I'm currently using better grow bloom booster and it stinks to high heaven.
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    Charlie, I am hoping that Sririam or Kitty will chime in on how long the roots can stay green without worrying about rot.
    I recently started using Neptune's Harvest Seaweed. I will PM you.

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    If it were me I would try to remove the plant from the pot to see how the roots that can't be seen look. But thats only me. Depending on where you plan to grow the plant a pot may not even be required. Perhaps a basket would be better. All of my vandas, which grow outside in high temp, high humidity are grown in basket. Some are bare root in basket and some I added fir bark. I have seen that the ones with bark are growing well. However, the one bare root if watered daily are doing well also. It's just a matter of watching daily how the plant is doing. I do have one or two that have shriveled leaves but they continue to grow new leaves. I moved them to a less lit area and am just checking to see if it changes anything.

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    I've just bought new Vanda 2 days ago and the root has new tip but all roots are thin.i dump it in 5 gallons bucket of water (only the root area)and forget about it yesterday.the Mokara moon light was the one in clay pot and I was like you in that time and I decide to hang it bare root

    About withhold the water depend on the climate but you can start water again when the root turn silver.
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    From what I could see as of yesterday afternoon, the roots are still pump and firm and was finally turning back to the silver stage. I did hijacked a handful of my bf's wine corks so it's not sitting on the bottom of the pot and to keep the air flow. I did however remove some of the lava and there's no problems at the present moment. I did notice that a couple of the lower leafs have some small wrinkles at the base. Is that normal? I went ahead and soaked it in a weak solution of fertilizer and it's going to be on a every other day or two watering schedule.
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