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Vanda Rothsdiana Blue Ribbon leaves split

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    Default Vanda Rothsdiana Blue Ribbon leaves split

    I'm wondering if my Rothsdiana Blue Ribbon requires different conditions than a Pachara Delight since they grow side by side and the Pachara has healthy looking green leaves and my other plants leaves are lighter green and some are split. They get the same treatment. Both plants are showing new growth. Should I be concerned? Thanks for any answer in advance.

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    a picture would really help, how do the roots look? The one vanda may want more water, but I am guessing.

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    Both are strap leaf vandas and should grow under the same conditions.

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    Thank you for your help. I've been going through all the vanda posts and I think I may up the time I soak the roots. That particular plant had a lot of root damage due to me trying to figure out how to take care of it. Reading all these posts has really helped me understand the plant more. It is recovering slowly but the one root it has now has doubled in length since I found you. I'll be so glad to see at least another root. The leaves are so much lighter in color than the Pachara but maybe that's normal. That's my concern. I've read about using honey and molasses and kelp and I wonder If that might be something I should try.

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    I've had great success using KelpMax to enhance root growth. You will see more root growth only 2 weeks after the kelp treatment.

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    I couldn't find KelpMax but I did find another seaweed extract that I'll give a try. This weekend they're having a exotic plant and orchid show nearby and I'll see how much trouble I can get into. Thanks for your help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dshawn View Post
    I've read about using honey and molasses and kelp and I wonder If that might be something I should try.
    What exactly is it that the honey and molasses do for the orchids? I've seen people mention using honey, but I can't seem to ever get an answer as to what to DO with the honey, and what purpose it serves. Would someone be willing to explain? Thanks!

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    My last orchid show got me into trouble to the tune of about $100.... just sayin' is all! lol I had to get one for my daughter, for my daughter in law and for her mother and two for me! We had a blast.

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    Hi Jenn,

    I had the same question about honey and all i could find was honey is a good anti septic and helps in preventing the stem from rotting due to infection. I was not able to find if honey really quickens rooting process like the kelp/seaweed extracts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ksriramkumar View Post
    Hi Jenn,

    I had the same question about honey and all i could find was honey is a good anti septic and helps in preventing the stem from rotting due to infection. I was not able to find if honey really quickens rooting process like the kelp/seaweed extracts.
    Hmmm... thanks. I think it might have been Connie that was talking about using the honey. I should PM her and see if she can tell me what she does with it. I got the impression it was being used as a bloom accelerator. As in, "Put the honey on your plant and it hormonally triggers it to bloom." I seem to remember reading something about the sugar content of the leaves or something. But I don't remember what I read, and I don't want to just go smearing honey all over my plants for no good reason... I foresee that leading to a... uh... BUG catastrophe!

    If I find anything out I'll definitely let you know! Of course, if it's just root growth we're looking for, I can stick with my seaweed extract. It's quick and easy and does the trick, so it's worth sticking with... even if my house does smell like a fishing boat on a hot day when I'm done!

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