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Dead root debacle?

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    Hehe, Eidetic memory can be a blessing sometimes but most of the times you would not want to peek inside my head LOL.
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    Thanks for following along with my vandas' adventures! I'm flattered that you remember all of my attempts!

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    Maybe the dry environment you have is the reason I'm scratching my head after reading this thread. While I'm still relatively new to this addiction, my goal has always been to get my Vandas as wet as possible once a day, then get them to dry out quickly. This being accomplished by a 6AM irrigation, then drying from the dropping humidity as the day progresses and natural breezes. Vanda roots that stay damp too long quickly develop rots or fungus. The vase and bottom of the Vanda just looks too damp to me. Even in a low humidity region, I would think the Vanda would respond better to being dried off top and bottom with a gentle fan at least a few hours every day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Suncoast View Post
    Maybe the dry environment you have is the reason I'm scratching my head after reading this thread. While I'm still relatively new to this addiction, my goal has always been to get my Vandas as wet as possible once a day, then get them to dry out quickly. This being accomplished by a 6AM irrigation, then drying from the dropping humidity as the day progresses and natural breezes. Vanda roots that stay damp too long quickly develop rots or fungus. The vase and bottom of the Vanda just looks too damp to me. Even in a low humidity region, I would think the Vanda would respond better to being dried off top and bottom with a gentle fan at least a few hours every day.
    Thanks for weighing in, Steve! I actually took this picture right after filling the vase and soaking the roots for 20 minutes, so that's why it looks so wet. I wanted to healthy roots to turn green so people could see the good ones vs. the bad ones. It doesn't stay that wet all the time.

    But you'll be happy to know that I've actually had great success with vase culture since I first attempted it a few weeks ago. My vandas have taken off with tons of new root growth, and some new top growth as well. I am confident I've found the "magic formula" for growing them in my environment, and I'm so encouraged by how happy they are that I've ordered a couple of new ones, too!

    So now I have a bunch of happy vandas in vases. I'm going to do a major celebratory dance when one blooms for the first time! I'll have to post a pic of the new root system this plant has been growing since I've put it in the vase...I'm so impressed! The odd thing is that I've found my vandas are happiest if I let them soak for a few hours, right during the hottest part of the day. I leave them to soak for about 4 hours each day! They love it! If I do any less than that, the bottom leaves start to crinkle after a few days, so hey, I'll just do what works. I haven't heard of anyone else needing to soak their vandas for several hours a day, but hey, if my vandas are happy doing that, then I'll let that speak for itself.

    It's good to have some good vanda news to report for once! Thanks for your input!

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