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How long before Vanda top cuttings bloom?

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    Default How long before Vanda top cuttings bloom?

    Last May, as I was just embarking on the orchid journey, I bought four semi-terete vanda top cuttings from a well known vanda expert at the Redland Festival here in South Florida. On average, how long does it usually take for cuttings to bloom? They have all put out new leaves and lots of roots but no signs of blooms, even though I can tell that one or two had bloomed before they came to me. They are all outside and get full to part sun, depending on the time of day. They are also watered and fertilized regularly. Should I be doing something else?

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    From my perspective, it will depend upon the size of the cutting - the bigger, the better.

    Once it has begun to actively grow, it's just a matter of it storing up enough reserves.

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    I think I know which grower you are talking about, the ones I bought from them took a year or two before I saw blooms, be patient they will bloom.

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    As Ray said, size matters. A big enough top cutting could bloom immediately if it is happy, or at least as soon as it has established roots. But for any orchid that has been through a big change (like being cut off at the knees and being hauled around to orchid shows) I think it is perhaps unreasonable to expect flowers at least until the first peak blooming season after a full year of good care in a new situation, and if it isn't ready then a year after that.

    It seems like you have good basic care covered. Lots of light, and semi-terete Vandas can be heavy feeders when in active growth. There's probably a good chance this summer.

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    I have had some semi-ferrets for a couple of years and have not bloomed. I tried giving direct light for several hours like Ive read they like, with no luck. This winter the leaves of some of them have darkened not the healthy green. Not sure if when trying to get used to a greenhouse the temps went too loo. I am hoping I can get a bloom this year. I am still trying to understand them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moniluhum View Post
    I have had some semi-ferrets for a couple of years and have not bloomed. I tried giving direct light for several hours like Ive read they like, with no luck. This winter the leaves of some of them have darkened not the healthy green. Not sure if when trying to get used to a greenhouse the temps went too loo. I am hoping I can get a bloom this year. I am still trying to understand them.
    I too am trying to figure all these orchids out. All my vandas are outside hanging either from trees or in baskets so they get a lot of light. Now that my neighbor has cut back a tree that was blocking a lot of the rising/morning sun from my yard, they will get even more light. I guess patience is truly the key when dealing with these orchids.

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