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Big vanda, no spike

This is a discussion on Big vanda, no spike within the **NOT IN BLOOM** All Genera forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Originally Posted by Halloamey I think she is referring to the foliar application of a ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Halloamey View Post
    I think she is referring to the foliar application of a honey in water solution. In some orchids especially Phals, it is known that the leaf sugar concentrations are involved in the flowering signals. Plain table sugar or high fructose corn syrup can both do the same what honey is doing if this is what the treatment was supposed to do. But can also be some B vitamins and phytonutrients in honey which could be responsible. But I doubt that.
    Interesting, I've never heard of that. I have sprayed a diluted molasses mixture on my vanda roots but I thought it was just for the micronutrients in the molasses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tucker85 View Post
    Your vandas look great. Very healthy. What is the honey treatment and where did you find out about this method?
    Several years ago, I was researching vanda plants and tips on caring for them. I found a guy that claimed adding honey to superthrive when soaking newly arriving plants increased their immune systems and restored them to growth faster. There was something about the honey, and unprocessed is supposed to work best, that benefits the immune system. I can't remember what all it said, it was written by a botonist though and there was alot of the language I didn't understand. The directions were simple, for every 3 liters of water you add 1 Tablespoon of raw honey. No it doesn't attract ants...any more than my orchids already do. I use it when a plant is not doing well usually, but recently have begun using it once a month. It really does work, just make sure the water is warm enough to dissolve the honey. You can mix it in with water in a bucket and pour it onto the roots or mix it into a foliar sprayer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Halloamey View Post
    The article I originally read was concerning the care of Vanda's received in shipping with dryed out roots.

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    I am really looking forward to seeing those blooms Connie. Congratulations on such a nice surprise! Also I think I will start using that honey as a routine. Thanks for updating on its uses. AL

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    Scientifically speaking the water sugar mixture is just acting like a rehydrant, it re-establishes the osmotic balance, just like saline water and dextrose is used for the rapid rehydration of sick humans. It will surely restore them. Plants have a very different and unspecific immune system I cannot see what honey might be doing there, but I really don't think plants care much about processed and un-processed honey hehe.The reason why it supports growth is that it provides FREE energy and carbon to the plant. More free energy means the plant has more energy to spend on flowering i.e. reproduction which is the most energy intensive process.
    Quote Originally Posted by Cjcorner View Post
    Several years ago, I was researching vanda plants and tips on caring for them. I found a guy that claimed adding honey to superthrive when soaking newly arriving plants increased their immune systems and restored them to growth faster. There was something about the honey, and unprocessed is supposed to work best, that benefits the immune system. I can't remember what all it said, it was written by a botonist though and there was alot of the language I didn't understand. The directions were simple, for every 3 liters of water you add 1 Tablespoon of raw honey. No it doesn't attract ants...any more than my orchids already do. I use it when a plant is not doing well usually, but recently have begun using it once a month. It really does work, just make sure the water is warm enough to dissolve the honey. You can mix it in with water in a bucket and pour it onto the roots or mix it into a foliar sprayer.

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    nice plants and a lot of good info in one thread thank you

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    that is a massive vanda. can't wait to see the flowers. good job, and thanks for all the info on this thread. lots of great ideas.

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