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Vanda Somsri Glory - Couldn't resist it!

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    eeyore is offline Senior Member
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    Default Vanda Somsri Glory - Couldn't resist it!

    This was too gorgeous to pass on... but I don't have much experience with Vandas so I'm now hoping that the many experts here can give me a crash course on how to look after this so I don't kill it!

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    I know Vandas need lots of indirect light - no problem on my balcony. I'm guessing that I will have to mist this every day because the problem I do have is my balcony is quite windy. Generally I know this is good for most orchids because it prevents rot but we are also now into the hot (26-32 deg C today) humid (60-90%) summers here so I'm worried that with the additional wind, it will dry the roots out too much? (Sometimes when the nearby airconditioners are on, they can also blow out some very hot air!) So do I also need to soak the roots regularly (more than once a week?). Here is a picture of the roots -

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    I understand I also need to feed this regularly - but what is the best way of doing this? Add the fertiliser into the spray? Or to the water when I soak it?

    It's current position is shown below - I could move it down to behind the wall so that it doesn't get such a blast of air but then it also won't get so much light. What do others think would be a good position?

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    Would really appreciate some guidance on this! Thanks!

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    Wow. very good buy. Coming to care, Vandas require direct sunlight of atleast 3-4 hours. They grow in a windy and high humidity areas in thier natural habitat so no real problems in HongKong.

    You should mist the roots daily or even better soak them in a bucket of water every alternate day. You could fertilize them once a week or even twice a week and soak the roots for half an hour or so. care that water does not stagnate on the crown or on the leaf folds.

    BTW, Nice grow area. Sure you can hang a few more vanda's in there

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    Quote Originally Posted by ksriramkumar View Post
    BTW, Nice grow area. Sure you can hang a few more vanda's in there
    Hee hee, thanks, Sriram... it's very tempting. I actually have a few Vanda seedlings/plantlets which will hopefully mature in due course but I guess that's a few years away... let me see if I can manage to keep this one alive first!

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    I can see why you had to buy it! Great coloring and spots!

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