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Help My Vanda, Please!!!

This is a discussion on Help My Vanda, Please!!! within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; That amazing blue/purple Vanda I received is showing major signs of distress. I don't know ...

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    Default Help My Vanda, Please!!!

    That amazing blue/purple Vanda I received is showing major signs of distress. I don't know if it's underwatering, not enough light, or even normal blooming patterns, but here's the problem.

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    As you can see, many of the blooms have turned, or are turning brown and have shriveled. Their stems are black, and some have fallen off. Even the blooms which are purple/blue seem to be drooping.

    I mist this plant two to three times a day, and have even tried keeping one of the main roots in a pan of water, but that only served to rot part of that root and cause it to fall off.

    The other vanda seems to be alright so far, so I'm just not sure what the problem is. Right now, I'm giving them both a good soaking in the sink, with a little fertilizer (Miracle Grow) mixed in the water.

    Can you guys help me please? I really don't want to lose this incredibly beautiful orchid.

    Thanks!!

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    Hi, Anne! I wish I can tell you what is happening, but my tricolor vanda did the same thing only a few days after I bought it...There was a new spike...WAS (not there anymore...)...I am thinking if the plant is healthy it will bloom again... But I will be reading what the experts have to say about that and if there is something wrong to be fixed on time...

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    Looks like normal bloom fall-off to me. Does the actual plant show any signs of distress? I would imagine since this was in bloom when you got it, that it is probably just time for the blooms to fade away and the plant to refresh itself. Try not to worry. If you do see signs that the actual plant is limp or droopy, then there is probably something wrong with your culture.

    Another thing to consider is air-conditiong. Could you have recently turned it on or is the plant perhaps in the wake of the vent from a recent move? Sometimes that can zap the blooms too.

    Cheers,
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    Bruce, thank you so much.

    The only other sign of possible distress I noticed was two or three leaves which have now fallen off. They turned sort of yellowish, and then got dark brown, but one of them was sort of like that when I got the plant, and I think those leaves were just ready to come off.

    Your response is actually making me feel much better about what's happening with her. The plant was in full bloom when I got her, except for two buds which opened the following day. I keep the plant in the same window she's been in, and there's no a/c on out there at all. And there is no medium at all. Just the baskets and all those roots hanging down. I do make sure to mist until the roots turn green, and they seem quite healthy.

    I hope you're right and that this is just the normal cycle, but being so new to all of this, I'd rather ask, and find out for sure. If this is the end of the cycle, is there anything I need to think about doing? Other than just leaving it alone that is.

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    It looks normal for a flower spike at the end of it's time,so cut it off and hang it out under the trees in good but dappled light and water often when hot and you should have more flowers before the end of the season.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tednz View Post
    It looks normal for a flower spike at the end of it's time,so cut it off and hang it out under the trees in good but dappled light and water often when hot and you should have more flowers before the end of the season.
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    I agree.

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    Okay... but where is the best place to cut it!!

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    Cut the flower spike as short as you can otherwise you will see stubs of old canes sticking up and if you wanted to show you would have to go back and trim them so just do only once.Several of my earlier Vandas are spiking again eventhough we are having frosts, now all I hope for is enough fine bright days to finish of the spikes
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    Thank you all so much. I was so worried that I'd done something horribly wrong, but I am now much relieved. As much as I hate to lost the good blooms that are still on that spike, I will cut the spike tomorrow.


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