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Vanda culture

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    I'm new to orchids and have just gotten my first vanda to bloom so I ordered five more. They are 4" size and Prao Sky Blue, S.E. BeautyXCharles GoodfellowXAscda. Thanabarg, Robert Delight Klapat, Pachara Delight, and Vasco Vibbon Velvet Perfection. Can someone tell me if some are more temperature tolerant than others or any culture differences? I grow on a patio that faces west in So. Cal. Should they all go inside in the winter? I've put all of them in baskets with a tiny amount of bark. I like to water. Any suggestions, comments or advice appreciated.

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    Congrats on your first blooming vanda.

    Vanda are warm growing orchids. But the blue vanda can be grown in temperate region as well.

    Once temperature part is settled, you have to look into light. Is your first vanda strap(broad) leaves type? Then care will be similar for your newly bought orchids since they are strap leaves type too. If your first orchid is terete or semi-terete type, then give new orchids lesser light then the first one. Same care can be given except for light adjustment.

    Good luck

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    What are your low temps during winter?

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    Our low temps. are usually in the 50's with a few lower. All my vandas are strap leaf.

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    vandas low temp should be 60, with that said there have been nights when mine have been left out in the low 50's, the main thing is for them to be dry if it's gong to be cold. If you have the time, to be on the safe side bring them some place safe for the night and put them back outside if day temps warmup, since you don't have that many. I don't know about the bark in the baskets, but if it works for you great, in Florida bark can get rotten real quick, but we are a completely different climate here. I hope some of this helps

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    The new orchids arrived with bark in their baskets. I've had problems with moss in them before so I'm removing it. I've been taking them outside when it's warm during the day and inside at night. Thanks for letting me know I'm on the right track.

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    I have a book on vandas by Dr. Motes, an orchid expert and creator of some great vanda crosses, his book states vandas like days of 80 to 90 temps and nights 60 to 75 and states this is helps promote blooming especially the blue and red hybrids, this may not be true for the warmer species types. He goes on to say that vandas are considered warm growing they are on the intermediate side of warm growing. You say you like to water so you picked the right plant, but a good rain does more then watering could ever do. again good luck, look forward to bloom photos
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    I was just thinking of ordering that same book. I was wondering if you have any problems with rot when you let the vandas winter outside in Florida. I lost one when the water got into the crown. How do you cope with it? Does the air movement help? I've become quite neurotic with these plants, I'm taking them in and out and even on vacation.

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    the book is good, but most of it is devoted to vanda crosses , and their parentage. In winter if it is going into the mid to lower 50's I wrap my growing area in plastic , or I bring them onto my porch which has a covered roof and I cover the 2 open sides in plastic, the important thing is keep them dry at low temps. I have about 50 or so vandas and prefer not to move them if I have to, if they move to the porch they don't come back out until the cold snap is gone. Air movement is definitely a key, I am fortunate to live close to the coast where I almost always have a breeze, my vandas are usually swaying and good light is also important. Lots of vanda growers use fungicides regularly. I have not lost a vanda to cold weather but have some shed lower leaves or go dormant. when I first started to grow vandas seriously I bought a few a bag vandas from a box store they are now my canaries in a coal mine they have been left out in cold many times, by accident or if I want to try a new chemical they get it first. It's hard to give advice for California, since we are so different climate wise, both warm but different. Just relax and enjoy, we all lose plants, it's part of the process.

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    I appreciate you sharing all the culture advice. I'm so happy to have bloomed one finally. I have two fairly good sized plants waiting in the wings and all the little ones. My Rothchildiana is probably a goner and as a last result I put it in water. I'm keeping my fingers crossed because I've tried everything else. Oh well, you win some....

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