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Question on new Miss Joaquim orchid

This is a discussion on Question on new Miss Joaquim orchid within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Hi There, I just received this orchid via normal post yesterday. The poor thing is ...

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    Hi There,

    I just received this orchid via normal post yesterday. The poor thing is very small - 5" tall. The really scary thing though is it doesn't seem to have any roots! FYI it was planted in a coconut hair kind of medium and I did find a couple of dead detached roots when I looked through it.

    Is this normal, ie it's a baby and doesn't really have roots or do I have a dying orchid? If the latter is it possible for me to salvage it - maybe wrap in sphagnum moss or something or should I just request a refund from the vendor?

    I'd really appreciate your advice!

    Thanks very much,

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    Sharing a photo could help assess the situation. Terete vanda require high humidity and sun light and can root and grow into a good sized plant. You can certainly attach it to sphagnum moss stick and keep the humidity up

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    Default Vanda Miss Joaquim

    I have had this species for 7 years when I first got it they were about 18 inches tall from the pictures below you will notice it has grown and I have topped this twice since I first got it, when I cut them I usually just push the cut piece in my media and it will grow from there, as it grows if you tie the stems together the roots will grow around all of the stems you have in the pot. I am in South Florida and have this where it gets direct sunlight for at least 8-10 hours per day. They love water and fertilizer so don't be afraid of feeding. I have mine planted in ordinary orchid mix. As you can see they tend to lean as they get taller so make sure as it grows you put it in a pot with some weight as they will tip over with the weight of the plant, some people in my area just plant these in the ground. In the second picture you can see the tan color roots, they do not have roots at the base, the roots grow on the stem as it grows. Good luck with yours!
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    Nice one jack-Nice looking vandas too exactly how i grow lot of mine-rest are on large logs.

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    Default Question on new Miss Joaquim orchid

    Thanks for the quick replies. They make me more optimistic. Loading my first pic now, I hope it works ok Name:  IMG_0731.JPG
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Size:  192.0 KB. Actually I think it does have 2 roots left, on left side of plant in the picture. If you look at the upper left, you will see the dead roots I found in the medium. I will keep the poor baby in semi moist sphagnum to see what happens.

    Thanks Again!

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    To me the top root looks ok-the bottom is average-give it plenty of sunlight and a bit of shade for now till see good new roots in time with luck--good luck with your Miss Joaquim orchid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ravenmike12100 View Post
    Nice one jack-Nice looking vandas too exactly how i grow lot of mine-rest are on large logs.
    Thanks Michael

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    Quote Originally Posted by MargieDTx View Post
    Thanks for the quick replies. They make me more optimistic. Loading my first pic now, I hope it works ok Name:  IMG_0731.JPG
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Size:  192.0 KB. Actually I think it does have 2 roots left, on left side of plant in the picture. If you look at the upper left, you will see the dead roots I found in the medium. I will keep the poor baby in semi moist sphagnum to see what happens.

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    Margie,
    That looks fine, I have seen some of this species at shows that look much worse then what you got.

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    I concur with Jack. It looks OK to me.

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    Hi Jack - looking at your picture, do you water them with the sprinkler I see in the background or is that just coincidental? Still trying to figure out an easy way to water mine without moving them back and forth to a water source. My challenge is most are inside or on the back porch vs mounted in trees etc.

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    I've got a 6" one, which I have planted without a pot. At first I thought that's how they grow, with air roots and all, since the ones I've seen at our local gardens are thriving without a pot. Should I continue to grow it without a pot at the base?

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