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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; I bought a nice large vanda at a sale at least 6-8 months ago. As ...

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    I bought a nice large vanda at a sale at least 6-8 months ago. As I lugged the huge thing to the car someone made a comment to me about looking to see if it had ever bloomed. When I got it to the car and looked it up and down, I realized it hadn't ever bloomed. I was upset with myself, but figured i'd give it the ol' honey treatment and see if it worked. And it did. Take a look at how large a plant this is...there is not one single old spike on the entire plant. So when I found the spike you know my w.chair bounced all the way back in the house to get the camera. Success! Now if only the big vanda Rich gave me would bloom again. It grew two keikei's up top and sooner or later they have to bloom...right? lol I'm going to start hitting these two big guys with some honey every so often. Seems the only way to get the big ones to bloom for me. I'm hoping the rhynchostylis gigantea in the first picture blooms this fall...it's big enough for sure. I've had that thing for a couple years now with no blooms.

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    Congrats Connie great job! You definitely have a special touch when it comes to growing Vandas oh by the way whats up with the plastic water bottle?

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    WOW! Big, big plant. Congrats. I see a plastic bottle and a plastic cup. What are they for?

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    You have a total green thumb, Connie!! Nice vanda growing!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BValdes View Post
    Congrats Connie great job! You definitely have a special touch when it comes to growing Vandas oh by the way whats up with the plastic water bottle?
    I put time release pellets in there and every few months I replace them with a clean bottle. I put small holes in the bottle bottoms so the little pellets can't fall out. I'll do anything to add some fertilizer to daily waterings. I use old pill bottles too...anything I can poke a hole in that won't mold and decay from waterings. For some reason the vanda types love plastic bottles. If you look closely you will see they wrap the roots around the containers. Maybe they realize it is a source of food...hmm??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cjcorner View Post
    I put time release pellets in there and every few months I replace them with a clean bottle. I put small holes in the bottle bottoms so the little pellets can't fall out. I'll do anything to add some fertilizer to daily waterings. I use old pill bottles too...anything I can poke a hole in that won't mold and decay from waterings. For some reason the vanda types love plastic bottles. If you look closely you will see they wrap the roots around the containers. Maybe they realize it is a source of food...hmm??
    Yes I did noticed that they are wrapping around the plastics containers pretty sure it knows that is a source of food. That is very creative, Thank you for sharing.

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    Congrats Connie. Great idea using the plastic bottles and pill containers - you bet I'll be putting your method into practice. Those are some of the healthiest looking vandas I've ever seen!

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    That's a great idea! Thanks for sharing it with us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cjcorner View Post
    I was upset with myself, but figured i'd give it the ol' honey treatment and see if it worked. And it did.
    Your vandas look great. Very healthy. What is the honey treatment and where did you find out about this method?

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    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.
    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?

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