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Need Help from Vanda Experts

This is a discussion on Need Help from Vanda Experts within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I have a very special vanda that got extremely desiccated. It has no viable roots, ...

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    Default Need Help from Vanda Experts

    I have a very special vanda that got extremely desiccated. It has no viable roots, and the "stalk" is absolutely covered with the dried remanants of old leaf bases, making it look a bit like a palm tree. It has some green leaf growth from the top, but I'd really like to get it into better shape, and some active root growth.

    Any proven suggestions out there?

    I have soaked it, moved it to a reduced light level with very high humidity, and it now it being watered well, but I'm seeing no reaction from it.

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    I've had the same problem with a few vandas and apart from patience and a prayer or two, there;s not much one can do except hope that one day it may decide to put out a new root. Hope some one can give some other suggestions.

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    Once you get a couple of roots growing just below the healthy growth at the top, cut the top off and seal the steam. I've not seen a decimated vanda regrow roots at the bottom of the plant before. We had one in a similar situation and I did what you are doing (except I didn't put it in lower light - I probably should have, just didn't have the room). That vanda was over 6 feet tall at the time, now it is about 2 feet tall again and is starting to come around. It took a few years. Not sure how long it has been now.

    Good luck.

    Cheers,
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    I have read that some people will cut it and seal the cut with rooting hormone and place some moist moss around the base and then cover that with plastic to keep it moist and then remove once a day to respray and then cover again and they claim good results. I'm afraid in florida it would rot the plant, moss does not do well here. I have topped 1 vanda that had 2 good roots and so far so good, I put it in charcoal and water 3 times a day. patience and a prayer is good advice, good luck

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    I'm going to give it an overnight soak in KelpMax solution, and see if that helps. Right now it's in a gray, 100% humidity environment, courtesy of mother nature.

    So you know why I'm so desperate to save it, It's Ascda My Michele, named after my wife, and has super flat blossoms about 5" in diameter:

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    It has stunning blooms, Ray. I hope it all works out and you are able to save it.

    cheers,
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    It has stunning blooms, Ray. I hope it all works out and you are able to save it.

    cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brutal_Dreamer View Post
    It has stunning blooms, Ray. I hope it all works out and you are able to save it.

    cheers,
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    Same here.

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    beautiful, can easily see why you are anxious to keep it going

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    My goal is to clone it....

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