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how to know my Vanda had enough water

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    I bought 2 Vanda and they are just hanging on a plastic basket. Their roots are twice the length of the plant. Can anyone tell me how to know this Vanda gets enough water? I am from a tropical country ( Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - always hot and humid.)

    I have a Cattleya and the roots are sticking on the clay pot. How do I repot it? Can I cut it?

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    When you water your Vanda, the roots will turn color green... after it has turned green
    you can stop watering as the roots has already absorbed all the water it can. I water my
    Vandas 2x a day, morning and afternoon.

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    I grow my Vandas outside and water once a day in the winter and twice when it is hot and dry.

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    For the Cattleya, if you need to repot it, I would suggest that you soak the pot in water so this will soften the roots and make it easier to detach itself. Do not cut the roots if possible. If you are using a clay pot, I would suggest that you break the pot gently into pieces so as to loosen the live roots. Alternately, after the pot has been broken, you could repot in another pot with some of the roots clinging to the smaller pieces of the original pot so as to reduce root shock. After repotting, you can water with a weak solution of a vitamin B1 rich rooting hormone like Hormex or SuperThrive to further reduce shock and induce new root growth.
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    if in a clay pot you could just put the current pot inside a slightly larger pot, if the issue is just roots out of the pot

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    Cutting the roots of a Vanda is generally followed by it looking very sick. Usually for me, that is followed by the plant's death. I now just put them into larger baskets or leave them be...Vanda do not like being messed with.

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    Thank you................

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    Quote Originally Posted by stefpix View Post
    if in a clay pot you could just put the current pot inside a slightly larger pot, if the issue is just roots out of the pot
    I did this with one of mine recently and it's still doing great; I didn't have to disturb the roots at all. However, to give the roots that were peeking out of the pot at the bottom I put a few foam peanuts on the bottom of the second pot to give it room for them to grow.

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    Yea I would put some gravel. leca, peanuts or coco chips at the bottom of the larger pot.
    I would put a styrofiam peanut in between the 2 pots so they will wont wobble and the roots will not get squished.
    Also the 2 pots create a humid microclimate in between that could be good for the roots

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