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Giving up on my Mokara vanda. Help!!!

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    Default Giving up on my Mokara vanda. Help!!!

    Hello, I bought an old flowering yellow mokara. Came in a pot with charcoal pieces and lava rock. It came crooked from standing in the pot without support so couldn't put in basket. After flowers fell it started dehydrating. I would water it every morning, give it full early morning sun, then change to a cloth shaded area for the rest of the day with good light through all afternoon. It continued to dehydrate and noted there are few good roots. I cut off the dry ones. They still turn green but dry very fast. So I decided to put it in water, all night twice, but no changes were noticed. I stopped putting in morning sun after watering to lessen drying speed but continues to dehydrate. The old leaves are open, the younger leaves are closed as if to keep moisture. I spray three times in the day to keep moisture but now leaves have started falling.
    I sprayed fungicide from the beginning and continue to do every so often, I've continued to fertilize, but I know I shouldn't if it is dehydrated, or stressed or whatever. The leaves start turning yellow and then fall, mainly the older ones. It has dropped about 12 leaves. I have decided to put it in a pot on a tray covered with stones and water and covered with a bag. I'm afraid the roots may rot because of the humidity but I don't really know if the roots are working. The stem isn't black so it isn't rotted but have no new roots or leaves since bought.
    What do you think I should do?
    Thanks in advance.

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    Good morning! I'm sure someone will comment soon with some suggestions. There are very knowledgable participants here on root growth solutions,etc. I'll look forward to their suggestions and hopefully a picture of this plant healthier in the near future.

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    I'm not a Vanda grower so what Sheryl said!

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    Hi,
    Maybe your growing area isn't humid enough for your plant. Charcoal and lava rock don't hold much water or humidity around the roots. Maybe add a little water retaining material (sphagnum moss, or the like?), or place the plant into a terra cotta plant? It's the humidity more than the water at this point from what I can determine based on your story. I had to add a little leaf litter mulch to one of my vandas earlier in the season. It was getting a little stressed and dry. Of course, this has been my experience and others may know better. Regardless, I hope your plant recovers swiftly.

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    First off Mokara's love lots of sun! From the picture you posted it looks dry, how much do you water at a time. Also can you tell us of your environment where do you live and how is your humidity? The color also looks much lighter then it should.

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    Hi. I live in the coast of Yucatan. Humidity ranges between 70 and 80%. It's out in shade cloth for 7 hours. It is watered every day three times in 20 minutes then misted about three times during the day. Yes, the color is too light and the second picture still has the twelve leaves it lost by now.

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    Concur with Jack. Looks very dehydrated to me. You should water the Vanda roots till the full roots turn light green. I would possibly add some kelp to promote rooting.

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    I agree with all and another additional point you can get sphagnum moss cover some part of the green roots then tied it,just for a temporary measure while awaiting the new roots appear.

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    You certainly live in an area where you have all that is needed as far as the environment for your Mokara. With Sriram and Zain adding there comments I think you should give it a try and try to save yours with our suggestions!

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    Thank you all for your comments. I will try to find something similar to sphagnum. Here it is not available. And try to keep the roots green a little longer without rotting them as few as they are. I feel the stem is not circulating moisture up from roots to leaves. I will keep you informed..
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