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Vandas in new baskets

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    Smile Vandas in new baskets

    Hello,

    I have recently come up with a new idea as to how to 'house' my Vanda orchids. Up until now I have been keeping them in transparent plastic pots with course grade bark and polystyrene for drainage.

    Benefits:
    *Allowed roots to photosynthesise.
    *Kept humidity around roots high.
    *Cheap to purchase.

    Problems:
    *Medium kept wet for too long and rendered roots susceptible to rot.
    *Interior of pots would heat up very quickly.
    *Algae started to grow on the inside.
    *They are incredibly UGLY to look at! :P
    *Does not allow airflow around roots.

    I came across octagonal plastic baskets online, and although still plastic, they are 10X more attractive than the transparent pots. I purchased a few, as well as large grade Orchiata bark and some Sphagnum moss.

    I carefully tranposed my Vandas into the new baskets. I lined the base of each one with damp sphagnum moss and then layered some polystyrene chips over that. While holding the Vanda I filled in the gaps with Orchiata bark and more polystyrene. I attached moss in a few places, but not in direct contact with the roots. The idea I have with the moss is that it will aid humidity but is not the main medium.

    The photos illustrate what I did with my dark spotty purple Vanda Robert's Delight, and the smaller of my Vanda Blue Magic plants (the other is in flower and I do not want to disturb it until it has finished). (Btw, I also have a rather poorly Vanda Exotic Purple in a vase, which is slowly recovering. I spray it daily and it has not dropped another leaf for a few weeks now. It also has a swelling lower down the stem, which I really hope is a new root).

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    As stated in previous threads, I have successfully re-flowered this Vanda as seen above. The third flower on the stem (shown) has reached 12 x 12 cm in size.

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    Your first plants' roots look awfully dark, but maybe it's the lighting? If you have roots that dark on a vanda you should consider un-potting and giving it a good soak in something antifungal or some hydrogen peroxide if you don't have the regular stuff. Also, use a clean cutting utensil that can be sterilized or thrown away to remove any black or brown rotted roots. If left on they can infect other healthy roots and any plants nearby. After cleaning it up; I would sit that one on top of the medium and let it grow roots down. That way they will be suited for potting. Air roots don't do well being potted up. And if you don't already have fans pointing at these, you might want to purchase a small inexpensive fan and point it at the vandas. Good luck...I am a total vanda nut myself. They are wonderful bloomers when they are happy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cjcorner View Post
    Your first plants' roots look awfully dark, but maybe it's the lighting? If you have roots that dark on a vanda you should consider un-potting and giving it a good soak in something antifungal or some hydrogen peroxide if you don't have the regular stuff. Also, use a clean cutting utensil that can be sterilized or thrown away to remove any black or brown rotted roots. If left on they can infect other healthy roots and any plants nearby. After cleaning it up; I would sit that one on top of the medium and let it grow roots down. That way they will be suited for potting. Air roots don't do well being potted up. And if you don't already have fans pointing at these, you might want to purchase a small inexpensive fan and point it at the vandas. Good luck...I am a total vanda nut myself. They are wonderful bloomers when they are happy.
    Thank you for the advice. I consider that Vanda to actually be quite healthy (but perhaps I am wrong), it's roots have always been quite a bit darker than the others and it has some new root buds growing. One root was rotted so I removed that one...But thank you again for the suggestion, I will try to get hold of something anti-fungal (I am not confident enough to apply hydrogen peroxide without causing damage).

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    Actually, hydrogen peroxide is all natural and will not harm your orchid. The bubbling action puts oxygen down to the plants roots and kills the pathogen. It will not hurt any. For phal's with crown rot it is a miracle worker. You pour it directly into the crown and when it stops bubbling you soak it back off with a paper towel or rag. I promise it will not damage your orchid.

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    I have poured hydrogen peroxide into some of my s/h pots that where getting rather messy with algae , algae dead roots not bothered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigSteve View Post
    I have poured hydrogen peroxide into some of my s/h pots that where getting rather messy with algae , algae dead roots not bothered.
    Hi, sorry to be thick, , but I am not quite sure what you mean with 'algae dead roots not bothered.' ?? I mean, if the roots are already dead, how would you tell if the chemical has affected them because they cannot react?

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    I hope these baskets work for you, they will certainly allow the roots to dry out , Orchiata bark is supposed to be good and not rot so fast, I don't use packing peanuts because for me where I live they get gross really fast, you could use wine bottle corks also, not the plastic ones, orchid roots like cork and it lasts a long time, I have a couple in baskets with corks. It looks like you're doing a good job and adapting to growing to suit your needs, which we all have to do.

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    Algae was cleaned(dead) , roots were not harmed .Is a bit clearer i hope.

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    Hi Ed,
    Thank you very much for your kind words and nice response. Also thank you for actually replying with regards to my Vandas in baskets. :-)
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    @Steve.
    Good for you. However my plants do not need it and neither has any nursery ever suggested that I use it.
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    Hi, I think your basket looks great, hope it works, would like you too keep us up to date.

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