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Old 06-16-2019, 12:07 PM
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A little over a year ago, February 2018 to be exact, posted in a Semi-Hydro thread, was a story about ending up with a couple of Vandas because I wanted the vases they were in for a project. I managed to kill one straight off. Does a gal from Kansas really have any business trying to raise a Vanda? Likely not.

I took the remaining one and decided to do a bastardized version of S/H, using glass rock instead of LECA, because it seemed "easier." Here it is a year ago...

Well, it suffered more humiliation in 2018. I can't find the picture of it after it received too much Kansas sun too quickly, but sun-burned would be putting it lightly. I cut off three-fourths of the dead, black leaves, figured it would die, and put into a ceramic basket. Hung in the shade for rest of summer.

Amazing (to me) it starting putting out new roots like crazy. I hauled it to the basement for the winter, hung it from a shelf with a timed mister to blast away at the roots a couple of times a day in my 55-60F degree basement, then ignored it.

Hauled it back upstairs this spring, hung it up, and this time gradually got it used to full sun. (Ark-building rains helped quite a bit this spring as well.) Then again, ignored it. Mumbled to myself every now and then I had no business with a Vanda. So about a week or so ago, I noticed a funny root... but it looked like a spike. Here we are a week later:




Still don't think I have any business raising Vandas. Or perhaps it heard my idle threats and decided to bloom for its life. Either way, it sure is one purty bloom. I may need to get another to threaten.
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I would've recommended the second method for you. The second method's not a fluke, that's how many growers grow them.

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Old 06-17-2019, 12:32 AM
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Very nice! I also have a Vanda I have no business owning so this post gives me hope ;-)
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Persistence paid off! What a beautiful vanda
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