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Spikes and clinging vanda roots....

This is a discussion on Spikes and clinging vanda roots.... within the **NOT IN BLOOM** All Genera forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Originally Posted by OrchidAddict Thanks for that info, Angela! I recently acquired a Vanda Pachara ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by OrchidAddict View Post
    Thanks for that info, Angela! I recently acquired a Vanda Pachara Delight, and apparently the only method of growing vandas that seems to work for me in my climate is vase culture (which ironically turned out to be WAAAAY easier than any of the other methods I was torturing both myself and the plants with!) But anyway, when it arrived, it came in a 4" basket with bark, but the roots in the basket were all rotted, and the Vanda was relying completely on a gigantic, sprawling, several-foot long root "web." You should have seen me trying to figure out how to put those roots in a vase without damaging them!

    Well, as it turns out, one of the roots did get cracked, and now that particular root seems to be shriveling. But, basically you're saying that I can snip it off before it rots in the vase without worrying about damaging the plant, since the plant will still have a ridiculously long and tangled root system left anyway. That's a bit of a relief. The root isn't completely dead yet (I'm trying to nurse it along), but at least now I know I don't have to feel TOO guilty if I need to remove it. That's good news! Thanks, Angela!


    Oh, crap, I just realized I didn't post any pics. I'll have to come back and post something a little later! :-)
    So jealous! The flowers of Pachara's Delight are lovely.

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    Angela are your Vandas grown outdoors? The space appears to be enormous. I am in awe! I thought Vandas had to be mounted or potted, and never disturb the roots. i was told to just place the old pot into a new one. You have revolutionized the Vanda concept!

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    I grow my Vandas outdoors in a shade house all year. Some have been bought in baskets but I will eventually remove them and put them on one long wire support because I have found that when grown , and hung from baskets, the four wires holding up the basket oftimes obstruct the flower spikes. With one support running along the main stem of the plant spikes can emerge from either side freely.
    No, I have not revolutionised Vanda growing. Most people in this part of the world grow thier vandas this way.

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    Angela are your Vandas grown outdoors? The space appears to be enormous. I am in awe! I thought Vandas had to be mounted or potted, and never disturb the roots. i was told to just place the old pot into a new one. You have revolutionized the Vanda concept!

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    I just love looking at healthy roots, it indicates healthy plants. Yours are awesome. Congrats and thanks for sharing Angela.

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