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Got a Vanda as a free gift--can I even grow it in PA?

This is a discussion on Got a Vanda as a free gift--can I even grow it in PA? within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Nice, looks like a very healthy young Vanda. I would use some plain marbles or ...

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    Nice, looks like a very healthy young Vanda. I would use some plain marbles or LECA pellets instead of the water balls, but I can't think of a reason why it would not work, all water balls may just keep it more wet and not allow it to dry. I have grown Vandas in an apartment before just using LECA.

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    Thanks! After observing the orchid for a few days in the water balls, I have come to the conclusion that the roots are just staying too wet all the time. I'm going to switch to another kind of media now that I've been reassured that Vandas can indeed be grown in a pot or vase successfully! I actually really like Halloamey's idea of using the LECA balls. I'm going to order some and give them a try. In the meantime, while I'm waiting for my LECA balls to arrive, I'll decrease the amount of water balls in the vase so that it's merely a humid environment and not a "wet" one.

    Question about using the LECA balls...would I fertilize as I usually would with my other orchids (I do the "weakly weekly" thing with a high-nitrogen fert). Do Vandas prefer any special type of fertilizer?

    Thanks everyone! You've been a tremendous help!

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