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Is my Vanda rothchildsdiana in trouble?

This is a discussion on Is my Vanda rothchildsdiana in trouble? within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I've had this vanda seedling for about a month now. It was originally purchased as ...

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    I've had this vanda seedling for about a month now. It was originally purchased as a bag baby. I put it into a cedar basket and have been leaving it hanging out in the front yard. It gets direct sun from 6:30 - 12:30, and dappled shade in the afternoon. I spray once a day in the morning, until the roots turn green and then I spray some more. I fertilize weakly weekly (1/4 concentration). Some days I spray in the afternoon too. It's been doing well, growing new root tips, BUT it's had a brownish spot on the stem since I first got it. Now I've noticed that the stem has been turning yellow. It's still growing roots like crazy, but I'm worried about losing the plant. The tag says it's a Vanda rothchildsdiana.

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    Any ideas what this might be and what I should do?

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    tinge of yellowing of the leaves and the apex of the leaves could happen with exposure to sun. if the crown is good and don't see any watery appearance on the stem/root we should be fine. I don't see a problem with the vanda may be i am wrong. lets wait for other members to chip-in

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    There isn't any obvious problem from what I can see in the photo. If the stem isn't mushy I doubt you have anything to worry about. Should be Vanda Rothschildiana (capital R) since it is a man-made hybrid.

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    Your roots look very happy. Those tips are wonderful and growing. If you start getting more black spots and it isn't from too much sun...do you spray them for fungus and bacteria? The frequent waterings necessary can also cause issues. If you don't use a normal spray for them you can try misting them with listerene...the old fashioned kind with alcohol. Afterwards put it under a fan to dry. I have to say though, with the growth I see on your roots it should be fine. They don't normally grow if they aren't well. I haven't been around much lately but I love vandas...if you look at some of my old posts you'll be able to tell. lol

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    That's a relief! I should probably buy some Physan 20 and just make a point of spraying my plants with it from time to time.

    PaphMadMan: thanks for the heads up on the nomenclature. I swear I did know that Vanda Rothchildsdiana is a hybrid.

    Connie: when I first saw those tips emerging I was ecstatic who doesn't love to see a plant thrive! I guess that should have been my clue, if it's not happy, it wouldn't be putting out all those roots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dlbush View Post
    ... I swear I did know that Vanda Rothchildsdiana is a hybrid.
    Not just A Vanda Hybrid, THE Vanda hybrid. Three times as many offspring as any other Vanda primary, and 8 times the awards of any other Vanda primary. Vandas might not be nearly as popular if this hybrid was never made. V. coerulea x V. sanderiana.

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    Fascinating! My tag said (pink) even though most images of Vanda Rothschildiana I've seen show blue flowers. Is this just a normal variation of the hybrid or something they're passing off as a Vanda Rothschildiana?
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    The tips could be an indication of the color, when I saw the reddish I thought it was a red or pink plant. This particular vanda can come in a few colors that I have seen...Pink, Purple, and Blue. It may have other colors I have not seen yet.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by dlbush View Post
    Fascinating! My tag said (pink) even though most images of Vanda Rothschildiana I've seen show blue flowers. Is this just a normal variation of the hybrid or something they're passing off as a Vanda Rothschildiana?
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    V. Rothschildiana can come in a wide range of colors, blue to purple to pink to nearly brown, intense saturated colors to pastels to white.

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