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Is my Aranda in spike?

This is a discussion on Is my Aranda in spike? within the **NOT IN BLOOM** All Genera forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Coming into this discussion late, but I agree, a healthy new root. cheers, BD...

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    Coming into this discussion late, but I agree, a healthy new root.

    cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by cdayinflorida View Post
    If they are in much sun, which I suspect because the color of the new root, they need to be watered at least daily. As Amey suggested keeping the humidity up by misting is high priority. I know I mention it often about the investment in a cool mist humidifier is a low cost way to bump up humidity and watch your orchids take off in leaps and bounds. They will show their appreciation with good root growth and spikes.
    Ahhh...so root color is affected by sunlight? Well that makes sense. They have been getting tons of sun lately. Thanks for the tip about the humidifier. I'd heard that before, but all my orchids seemed so happy without one that I didn't think to bother with it. Ironically, I already HAVE a cool mist humidifier sitting in my garage. It's never been opened. I bought it when my daughter was born to help her breathe when she got a cold, but she ended up being just fine...it's my son that has all the breathing trouble, and he already has a humidifier. So, I've had this cool mist humidifier sitting in my garage for the past two and a half years! It seems rather silly, now that I think about it, to have left it out there the whole time when I could have been using it to make my orchids happy!

    DOH!!

    Well, it looks like I'll be bringing that humidifier in and setting it up tonight. From what I've heard, I basically want to run it in the mornings, so that the orchids don't have excess moisture on them overnight, right? And do I want to use the humidifier AND mist too? Or is that too much going on at one time?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brutal_Dreamer View Post
    Coming into this discussion late, but I agree, a healthy new root.

    cheers,
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    Thanks! I'll take a healthy new root any day. Oddly enough, I get almost as excited when I see new roots as I do when I see spikes! Maybe because a new root is such an obvious sign that an orchid is happy. And if an orchid has been sick (as some have been when I've received them), then it means the orchid is recovering. So no complaints here. And like I said before, these vandas were free gifts, and I didn't think they'd do much in Pennsylvania, so I'm just thrilled they're actually growing and not just sitting there sleeping. I've actually had to repot my two larger ones because of their copious root growth lately, so hey...I'll take it! It will be a real cause for celebration when these beauties finally bloom!

    Thanks for weighing in, BD!
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    sorry its a root

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