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New to Vandas and Growing them Outside

This is a discussion on New to Vandas and Growing them Outside within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Hello everyone I need some advice. I am wanting to grow my two first vandas ...

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    Smile New to Vandas and Growing them Outside

    Hello everyone I need some advice. I am wanting to grow my two first vandas outside and I have a few questions and pictures.
    I got a young vanda with a tag of: Ascda Kulwadee Fragrance No. 27. When it blooms, the flowers will be spotted and blue. I've been wanting this one for a long time.
    The other one is a mystery. I got it for 5 dollars at Kroger and its not in the best shape but I am hopefull I can make it healthy and bloom for me.

    By the way, I am from Georgia so our humidity is high. I know they must be watered/fertilized daily. They have been watered and misted everyday and fed once a week. As of right now they are indoors and when it warms up here more (crazy weather lately) I will move them in a hanged wooden basket with spanish moss. They will be hung on a tree beside out pool for extra humidity. Now here is my question of big concerned. Crown Rot. I feel weird leaving an vanda outside when its raining. I know it will love the rain but I'm afraid of it getting inside its crown. I grow Phalenopsis and I am absolutely paranoid of getting their crowns wet from watering. I never had a problem with it so far.

    I know they love light but how much is too much? I don't want to barbecue them :P
    Also it can get pretty dang hot here, as high as 95/100 in the dead summer.

    I really want this young sucker to bloom for me and to have for a long time. She was pricey. I'm also dying to know what color is the mystery one.

    All help and advice is appreciated.
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    I am in South Florida and have about a dozen vandas. All are hanging bare rooted from various trees in my backyard -- either in wooden slatted baskets, the little plastic/mesh baskets (like the one yours is in) or just hanging from wires.

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    I don't use any moss on mine, since my experience is (and I have been told) the roots thrive when they are free. They are outside all year round, get pretty much full sun and rain. Our weather here in Miami is probably just like yours. If you water early in the day, it should give enough time for any water in the crown to evaporate. Good luck!

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    I am up the road from Monique and also keep all of mine outdoors 24/7 and I would tell you the same. There is nothing anyone can do about the rain, which we get lots of and I have not had any problems with crown rot on my Vanda's.

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    Don't think there is any way to tell what the flowers are like until it flowers.

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    Some good advice above, but I'd like to take a moment to dispel a couple of apparent misconceptions.

    Misting: You stated you mist the plants daily. If that is the roots, fine. If you are misting the plant, in hope of improving the humidity, don't. Firstly, to raise the humidity, you need to mist the air, and have it evaporate. Wetting the plant doesn't do that, and can set you up for infections.

    Humidity near the pool: As water evaporates, it is quickly dispersed uniformly into the atmosphere. The RH might be higher about a foot from the water, but much farther than that, it will be no different than whatever is ambient, and having lived in GA for seven years, I guarantee its plenty!

    Light: Those are considered to be "strap-leaved" vandaceous plants, so will not handle direct Georgia sunlight. If they've been indoors, you will need to transition the plant slowly into brighter conditions, ending up with dappled shade, not full sun, over a period of a week or two. I'd bet that about 50% is the maximum they should get.

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    I have four vandas growing on hooks attached under the awnings of my house in our backyard. They are shaded most of the day except for early morning. They do well with a spray in the morning and a few sprays in the early afternoons (I use a hand pump pesticide sprayer - without pesticide of course). Two started to get a red tinge (too much sun) to the leaves so I moved them further into the corner of the awnings and they are greening up nicely and their roots are grown. Two of mine are the size of yours. Mine are bare root in plastic net baskets with wine corks to prop up the vandas as needed to make sure they sit upright. I live in New Orleans so the humidity is much the same as yours. When it rains I just decrease the watering to once a day. And when I say I, it's what I have instructed my partner to do.

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