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HELP with my VANDA

This is a discussion on HELP with my VANDA within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I bought a Ascda. Tubtim Velvet 'Hildos'. It came with 4 spikes, one of which ...

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    I bought a Ascda. Tubtim Velvet 'Hildos'. It came with 4 spikes, one of which was about 4in. Then the spikes would start to dry up one by one. I removed the plant from the sun and placed it in a shadier location. It is potted in straight large grade charcoal and I water it once a day early in the morning making sure all the arial roots are saturated till they turned from white to dark green. The roots are perfect, no rot.

    There are 2 spikes left. If you can help me save the spikes, even just one, we will all get to enjoy them when I post the pics. One of my biggest problems is getting a vanda spike to grow to maturity. For me, they all seemed to abort before reaching 1/2 in.

    I posted a picture of a clone in bloom (from the seller). Mine is also a clone so I hope they are the same. I just love the 2-toned color of the blooms reminiscent of a Sanderiana.

    I am very distressed. Each time a spike dies, it feels like someone just come up and punch me in the chest...hard.

    I need advice on how to care for a vanda in spike.

    1. Do I remove the plant from the bright sun when the plant starts to spike ?
    2. Increase/decrease my watering ?
    3. Any special treatment during the cold season ?
    4. Could humidity be a factor when a spike abort ?
    5. and anything else you can think of will be greatly appreciated.

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    I would say that humidity and transport shock was to blame.It woyld pay to mist the plants 2-3 times per day

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    Murray, you are so fast. I just PMed you like 2 secs. ago.
    How long does the shock last ? So there is a chance I could also loose the other 2 spikes ?

    OK, that's the plan. I will mist the h--- out of them and see what happens.

    I am at the point where if this plant doesn't work out, I will never purchase another plant of this type again.

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    the lenght of time that transport shock can last depends on the plant.Some cats can take 12months to acclimatise to the new conditions.You may not loose the remaining spikes as it will depend on the culture that you can supply the plant.
    Phallies can do the same thing and pepole call it bud blast when they are in spike.

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    Hi Trung,

    I'm not a Vanda grower, because I don't have the conditions they want, so please keep that in mind. But any plant will abort it's spike if insufficient resources are present. That typically means water. You need to water more frequently to support spikes, buds and blossoms.

    Murray has also pointed out that a suddent change in conditions can affect buds.

    Finally, Vandas are very dependent on high humidity. I'm not sure how this effects spike development, but I wouldn't be surprised at all if it does.

    Good luck!
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    Hi Trung,

    Don't give up just yet. It sounds to me like a moisture and light issue. I feel you should place the plant back into bright light, as vandas require a very high amount of light to bloom. (We grow ours in the very tiptop of the green house above all the other plants including the cattleyas.)

    Next, the potting media: The charcoal is fine, but it would be wise to help retain a bit of humidity with some spag. Don't repot, but add in the spag on top to help hold some additional moisture.

    Spikes dry up when a plant doesn't have enough moisture and water. Your roots sound like they are the right color and you are giving them enough water. I am of the opinion you just need to increase the humidity and put the plant back into the proper light.

    Cheers!

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