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Blue Vanda Rothchildiana in BIG trouble... Help!

This is a discussion on Blue Vanda Rothchildiana in BIG trouble... Help! within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I peeled the old leaves sheath and shocked to see 4-6 "bulbs" wanting to come ...

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    I peeled the old leaves sheath and shocked to see 4-6 "bulbs" wanting to come out! Such a relief! I will use the Daconil and hope to turn this situation around.

    As an FYI, I have this orchid for over 12 years and it has NEVER flowered... Wrong climate? wrong home set up (outside)... Thinking of sending it to a friend living in Florida so she can find a warmer/ humid climate...

    If anyone living in the SF Bay can have such orchids bloom outside a greenhouse, I would welcome tips on making this happen. I live near the water (SF Bay) and temperature rarely exceed 75 degrees during the day and 50s-60s at night (Summer); 40s-50s (Winter)... Humidity should be OK as well as plenty of light/sun. Temperature is my concern...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lin Goncalves View Post
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    Am I in the right page to add this? I hope so. Some years ago I bought this Vanda, it has the ORIGINAL label on it probably dating back to the early 60's and I can barely read it...it comes from the collection of Sir Stephen Courtauld and is a pale lilac - I can make out the names Sanderiana (?) x Omaha (?) and remember that there's also the name Rothschildia (?)....time will tell.......the original plant was very straggly and 'gangly' so I took the bull by the horns and lopped it off above the roots.....re-basket-ted the main plant (looking good with new leaf growth) and this is what I see appearing now.....exciting! I guess I will have to wait for the flowers to be able to positively ID it - with your help of course!!!!!! Regards from a coldand overcast Zimbabwe!
    That could be either spike or side growth. Good luck!

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    Have you considered bring it inside your home and put it by a sunny window?

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    Thanks, but I don't think that would work here in Zimbabwe - we get a very dry winter here and by a window it would just shrivel up...I will get them more light in the shade-house area - which gets delicious morning and afternoon sun - and keep spraying regularly......and peel off the old leaf remains........there's also a small area one end of my veranda which gets morning sun too...

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    Try vase culture. I am sure there are many threads here that you can look up. Basically you soak the roots of your vanda, then gently put them into a vase that is deep enough to accommodate the root system. And fill the vase with water/ very weak fertilizer solution until the roots turn a solid green. Pour out all the water. Water again when the roots are all white. The benefits of this method is that it allows the humidity around the root zone high, while remaining airy. This method is especially effective in the home where humidity is low.

    I am growing my Vanda denisioniana this way and it loves it. Lots of root and leaf growth!

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    Oh wow!!! What a brilliant idea!!!! And I have perfect tall glass vases which would allow for light too!!! Thank you millions! Watch this space!!!!

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