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Best potting media for a Vanda?

This is a discussion on Best potting media for a Vanda? within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Hi all! I recently purchased my second vanda, a V. Trevor Rathbone. I realize that ...

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    Question Best potting media for a Vanda?

    Hi all!

    I recently purchased my second vanda, a V. Trevor Rathbone. I realize that I must pot the vanda because I grow on a windowsill and cannot hang it. My ceiling is cement and I cannot put any holes in it, so the vanda must be potted. I also cannot hang it on the wall. So,what is the best media for potting a vanda? I was thinking coarse grade fir bark with no small pieces - what do you think? Has anyone here grown vandas in pots with success? Please share with me your tips! Thank you very much Trevor doesn't want to die, LOL...

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    why can't you drill on a cement celling and insert dibles?

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    Put it in the smallest pot you can get it into without any medium at all.

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    Hi, Becky. ObyH tells me a course grade of potting material (like chunks of coarse charcoal) is best suited for mature V's. Younger V's get a multi-purpose (orchid I suppose) potting mix in clay pots. V's are not to be kept either dry or moist over an extended period. The one I have is in a clay pot with that stuff that looks like a bird's nest and has been growing under benign neglect. Joe

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    The best medium for Vandas is no medium. Do you have access to corks? They would provide support and allow lots of spaces for good air circulation.

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    Funny you should mention corks, I just threw a bunch of them out yesterday, darnet!! I guess that's really what I need - something that will not retain water but offer support to the roots; its just hanging out in a empty pot right now and doesn't look too happy

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    Hi Becky, we grow our vandas in lava rock. Light weight and porous. The vanda roots love it.

    AND - if you get a masonry bit, you can drill holes in that concrete and if enough room you could hang a bar all the way across the window to hang plants from.

    Cheers,
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    That's an interesting idea Bruce, I may look into getting some lava rock...are the pieces small? I was nervous about using something with a small diameter because I want to make sure the roots get air. I did actually order a small bag of corks on the auction site, do you think using corks is crazy?

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    Make sure they are REAL corks as there are many synthetic/imitation corks used these days for some cheaper wines etc. Again, natural/real Charcoal chunks (not b-b-q briquets!) do the job as well and contain useful minerals.

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    I get lava rock at the big box store in a 10lb bag. The chuncks are large and small. Just be sure to rinse it so you don't end up with lots of red run-off when you water the first time.

    I have also heard of people using wine corks. Not crazy at all.

    Cheers,
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