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Old 09-16-2009, 08:03 PM
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I had long been hesitant about trying to grow vandas here in southern california about 2 miles from the ocean. For some reason they always intimidated me and seemed like difficult plants to keep happy. I particular loved the violet/blue vandas with coerulea in them.

Well, finally caved in and bought a V. Manuvadee I saw at a garden show in April 2008. This was followed by a V. Motes Indigo and a V. Mikasa from an ebay seller in Canada in July, followed by a V. Tokyo blue from an ebay seller in Hawaii, followed over the next few months by three more, some with more coerulea in the mix, some with less. I also discovered I could keep the coerulea varieties outdoors most of the time except for one or two colder months.

Well, just thought I'd share a few of my summer successes with the outdoor vandas this year:

V. Tokyo blue, bought last december, was supposed to be 1-2 years from blooming but I guess it was anxious:




As Tokyo Blue faded, the V. Manuvadee started to bloom:





And soon the V. Motes Indigo will be blooming, picture of plant just starting to set off an inflo, and a picture of last summer's flowers:





The V. Manuvadee last year, much darker color, not sure what happened this year


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Old 09-16-2009, 08:20 PM
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Very pretty, you should pat yourself on the back. Good growing. so I expect you'll be buying more now..after your recent success
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Old 09-16-2009, 08:39 PM
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awesome! I too love the blue vandas! Don't think I can make a go if it in the bay area tho
but thats ok - I'll just admire pix of yours!
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Congratulations! Your Vandas look great! If you are interested in trying some other Vanda species you should take a look at this list of 68 Monopodial Orchids Outdoors in Southern California.
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Wow, you really went for it once you started didn't you!

They look fantastic! Great growing
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Woow, very well grown! How do you care for them during the colder months?
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Old 09-20-2009, 12:52 PM
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awesome! I too love the blue vandas! Don't think I can make a go if it in the bay area tho
but thats ok - I'll just admire pix of yours!
I have 2 V. coerulea growing outdoor in the Monterey Bay area, this will be there first winter here but so far the average day temps of 65-70 with night averages 50-55 they're growing well.

If I lived in an area where I had growing King Palms (That's what I think at least is the palm in the immediate background of your Manuvadee photos), I wouldn't even fret at leaving them outdoor year round. Thanks for sharing the photos!
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Beautiful vandas, nice healthy looking roots, and welcome to the board glad you got pics on your first post awesome!!!
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Old 09-21-2009, 01:13 AM
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Thanks for all the friendly input guys.

Regarding the comment re: palms, someone knows theirs well, yes, it's a king palm. And as you suggest, I think I'll keep the coerulea hybrid vandas outdoors, we'll see how it goes. Strange that such a beautiful tropical flower could be grown outside where a rare frost hits once or twice a year. But we'll see.
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Old 09-21-2009, 01:29 AM
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Default New Inflo on the next vanda to bloom

oh, here's the next to bloom, a Vanda Motes Indigo, making good progress as of Sept 18:


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