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Need help getting my Ascocenda (Princess Mikasa) to rebloom

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    Default Need help getting my Ascocenda (Princess Mikasa) to rebloom

    Hi,
    I'm new to the forum and to Vanda orchids and I need some help! I purchased my first Vanda (Ascocenda) about a year ago (in bloom) and have been working to get it to rebloom since. It is in a pot coarse bark and it seems to be healthy as I have had about 8" of new (big) root growth and about 8 new leaves. Unfortunately, no new flower spike.

    I live in southern Wisconsin and give the orchid as much light as I can (even added a grow light for 3 extra hours per day in late winter which has helped lighten the green of the leaves). It's in a window with southern exposure. I mist daily and fertilize with 19-31-17 orchid fertilizer. I water twice a week (one soaking, lighter watering midweek). All my Paph's rebloom and are healthy. Indoor temps are between 55-70 year round, however humidity is low. I am running a humidifier have the Vanda over a water tray and manage to hold the humidity to about 40-50%.

    I have noticed that the Vanda's older flower spikes emerged about every other or every third leaf. I have had about 12 new leafs since last spike. Does this mean that something is not triggering flower spikes and all the energy is going to the leaves?

    Perhaps I am just being impatient, but any advice would be appreciated.

    Cheers, Bob

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    Hi Bob, I used to have a Princess Mikasa. Mine was bare root and I would dip it into a bucket of water multi times per week and had it hung in a west window during the times of the year that I could not have it outside. (which was 8 months of the year.) It bloomed 2 times a year for me. It sounds like you are doing well with it. See if you can up the light a bit and and fertilize it lightly on a weekly basis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron-NY View Post
    Hi Bob, I used to have a Princess Mikasa. Mine was bare root and I would dip it into a bucket of water multi times per week and had it hung in a west window during the times of the year that I could not have it outside. (which was 8 months of the year.) It bloomed 2 times a year for me. It sounds like you are doing well with it. See if you can up the light a bit and and fertilize it lightly on a weekly basis.
    Thanks Ron. You had your Vanda outdoors for 8 months in New York?!?

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    Welcome from Malaysia. Your ascocenda sounds like it is doing very well. Vandaceous orchids need a lot of light to bloom/

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    Quote Originally Posted by rfalk View Post
    Thanks Ron. You had your Vanda outdoors for 8 months in New York?!?
    lol no indoors 8 months out for 4 months

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