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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; I enjoy seeing pictures of spikes and roots and orchids doing fun stuff. I thought ...

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    Cool Spikes and clinging vanda roots....

    I enjoy seeing pictures of spikes and roots and orchids doing fun stuff. I thought i'd post a few to get the ball rolling. I hope you all will add a few of your fun pictures as well...

    The B. nodosa is spiking. I was suprised to see spots on the tiny forming buds.

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    Schomb. Tibiana skipped blooming earlier this summer, but it looks like this one may throw a spike.

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    This vanda has decided I'm not moving it again and has attached itself onto the trellis in a way that cannot be removed. I was supposed to remove it earlier this summer and forgot. Looks like it's staying. lol

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    This plant was bought at the orchid show last year and has been blooming every 3 or 4 months. It will have yellow flowers that shimmer in the sunlight.

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    Okay...your turn. Got spikes or roots or new growth? I hope you will add your pictures...

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    Cool pics. I also love to see pics of spikes, sheaths and roots. Neat photos.

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    Your babies look so happy Connie! Great growing!
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    i have a schom. undulata spiking now...i see slugs attacking the roots but its ok....hope i get blooms soon(takes forever)

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    Default Roots, roots & more Roots

    This is not quite what you were looking for, Connie, but These are roots anyway.
    Yesterday I thought it was time to clear my Vanda house (forest) before the roots strangled me. This photo shows only what I took off this morning, a whole large garbbage bag has already gone in the trash.
    The house now looks clear and organised!!!
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    I have never ever seen anyone cut off healthy vanda roots. Doesn't that hurt them?

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    No. No Harm. As long as the plant is healthy and has AT LEAST 3 GOOD Healthy Roots left, there is no harm. I do leave more than 3 roots, but I have to give my plants a trim at least once a year. Except for about 6 Ascda. which are attached to Clay or wooden poles, all of my Vandas, Mkras. are hanging from long wire stakes. The roots grow very quickly,become thick and tangled until they reach the ground. In the first instance I would take the roots and curl them up and tie them off the ground, but after they have grown again into a tangled mess I have to trim them.
    Tomorrow I will take a picture of the now cleaned up Vanda Houses, so you can see the tidied plants,
    I hope others would comment as to whether I have been committing Orchidicide!!! LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by angela View Post
    No. No Harm. As long as the plant is healthy and has AT LEAST 3 GOOD Healthy Roots left, there is no harm. I do leave more than 3 roots, but I have to give my plants a trim at least once a year. Except for about 6 Ascda. which are attached to Clay or wooden poles, all of my Vandas, Mkras. are hanging from long wire stakes. The roots grow very quickly,become thick and tangled until they reach the ground. In the first instance I would take the roots and curl them up and tie them off the ground, but after they have grown again into a tangled mess I have to trim them.
    Tomorrow I will take a picture of the now cleaned up Vanda Houses, so you can see the tidied plants,
    I hope others would comment as to whether I have been committing Orchidicide!!! LOL
    I'm interested to see how they do, Angela. My vandas have taken over the front of the greenhouse. Their roots are a massive mess and block so much light. Maybe a trim is in order, but I would hate to damage them.

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    As promised here are photos of the plants which I have trimmed their roots. In the foregroung of the first photo is an overgrown basket which now has to be trimmed. I am nearly now finished, but am in the process of eliminating baskets of any kind for my Vandaceous Orchids. I have found that the 4 wires which holds up the basket can, and often does, impede the spikes and or flowers. So I have now changed all my Vandas to hanging from a single long stake. That way the spikes on either side can come out and bloom freely.
    Do let me have some comment on my crazy actions!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by angela View Post
    No. No Harm. As long as the plant is healthy and has AT LEAST 3 GOOD Healthy Roots left, there is no harm. I do leave more than 3 roots, but I have to give my plants a trim at least once a year. Except for about 6 Ascda. which are attached to Clay or wooden poles, all of my Vandas, Mkras. are hanging from long wire stakes. The roots grow very quickly,become thick and tangled until they reach the ground. In the first instance I would take the roots and curl them up and tie them off the ground, but after they have grown again into a tangled mess I have to trim them.
    Tomorrow I will take a picture of the now cleaned up Vanda Houses, so you can see the tidied plants,
    I hope others would comment as to whether I have been committing Orchidicide!!! LOL
    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! :-)

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