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This is a discussion on Vandas.... within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hi all.... Ntgerald's Vanda (Euanthe) sanderiana made me drool. I have serious humidity issues here, ...

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    Default Vandas....

    Hi all....

    Ntgerald's Vanda (Euanthe) sanderiana made me drool. I have serious humidity issues here, as some of you have heard me complain about. TOO dry.....in fact, we've had no measurable precipitation in months. I've switched some of my oncids to S/H and am pleased.

    But, I digress.

    Someone bring me to my senses and tell me it's impossible to keep a Vanda happy in my conditions. I know someone in my town grows them, but she has a very expensive, lovely greenhouse. *sigh* I have big south windows where cats and dends are happy...but I am sure no orchid genious.

    Could someone suggest something else that might be happier here and take my mind off the vandas? LOL :-)

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    what about the hybrids with like ascocendas... aren't they less fussy???

    also, if you really want a Vanda... try the blue one... Vanda coerulea... it has to be the hardiest of the vandas... I've put mine through 7 celsius to 42 celsius and it is still growing.. mind you... it is only a baby so no flowers yet...

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    you might find the terete leafted varieties are ok.They have been removed fron the genus Vanda and are now known as Holcoglossum. There are 4-8 species.

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    wow, murray, those Holcoglossums are gorgeous...

    i tried google, but it wasn't helpful at all, what is their culture like?

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    just having a read and they may not be suitabil after all as this is what Jays Internet orchid says:-
    They do best with humid, well watered, warm to hot conditions year round and basket culture accomodates the aerial roots.

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    fouuuuund itttttttt

    except nothing about water/humidity/difficulty..

    EDIT: hahaha, you posted while i was posting XP thanks!

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    I have similar humidity issues. They have caused the death of two vandas in my care. I gave up on them. However, I did purchase a miniature vanda about a year ago and it has thrived in my conditions. Mind you, I dunk it once a day in a bucket of water, but it seems to be a hardier plant and i love the miniature aspect to it. Mine is called a Miniature vanda "pink bouquet" if you're interested in looking her up.
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    Thanks everyone, for taking the time to reply about the vanda situation. I guess the miniature idea appeals to me, if it would be hardy enough to survive. I am managing to keep a mounted brassavola nodosa happy with daily dunkings/or mistings. Guess having one more to treat like that would be ok....LOL

    Anyone who knows of a good place to find either a good miniature "pink bouquet" or coerulea....would you mind PMing me to let me know where to look?

    Thanks!

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    Default vanda issues

    Quote Originally Posted by mtequine View Post
    Hi all....

    Ntgerald's Vanda (Euanthe) sanderiana made me drool. I have serious humidity issues here, as some of you have heard me complain about. TOO dry.....in fact, we've had no measurable precipitation in months. I've switched some of my oncids to S/H and am pleased.

    But, I digress.

    Someone bring me to my senses and tell me it's impossible to keep a Vanda happy in my conditions. I know someone in my town grows them, but she has a very expensive, lovely greenhouse. *sigh* I have big south windows where cats and dends are happy...but I am sure no orchid genious.

    Could someone suggest something else that might be happier here and take my mind off the vandas? LOL :-)

    MtEquine
    Thank you. That sanderiana has bloomed only twice in four years, not for the impatient. I have seven other sanderianas that have not bloomed yet, and its been 3 years since I got them, all but one in bloom.

    My advice: leave sanderianas alone. In my experience with Philippine vanda species, the most forgiving and low maintenance are the lamellatas. Get the classic or the remediosae variant. The plant that is in my last post lives only a meter away from the airconditioning exhaust and yet it has bloomed. Twice a year, in fact, despite its tiny size.

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    Well...I hate to be a party pooper...

    But I've steered entirely away from the Vanda alliance because of the humidity issues here, and I think yours is probably worse than mine. Some plants may be more tolerant than others, but is it enough?

    If you install grow-lights in your shower, maybe.

    There are so many amazing orchids. I only have to wait until the next bright shiny object grabs my obsessive attention, and then I don't feel so bad about Vandas. Eventually one of the new bright shiny objects won't mind the conditions I offer. That's when I swoop in for the purchase!

    McJulie

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