Hello Orchid Growers November 2020
Rapidly coming to the end of another Calendar year. The Orchids are enjoying the growing season and really appreciated the recent heavy rainfall. Plenty of storms and hail, but the damage was only to shade cloth and trees.
Over the coming months (November, December and January) we are here working, therefore, open most days and times. Sometimes we are away or have pressing engagements. There is so much to do and so little time for us to even think of a holiday over this period! If you want to visit the nursery simply phone 07 3888 3637 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment and avoid disappointment. We are also open the first Saturday of each month 9am – 4pm.
Australia Post have already indicated that there will be MAJOR DELAYS with Christmas December 2020 Parcel delivery schedules. As a result (to avoid grief to both our customers and us) we have the following order and dispatch deadlines.
CHRISTMAS 2020 DESPATCH ORDER DEADLINES
LAST DESPATCH ORDERS RECEIVED – Friday 27th November
LAST ORDERS DESPATCHED – Monday 30th November
DESPATCH ORDERS WILL RECOMMENCE – Monday 4th January 2021
Thank you for your support
Ross and Liz
HOW TO REJUVINATE A LEGGY, LEAFLESS VANDA
Sometimes due to neglect Vandas can loose a considerable number of lower leaves resulting in a tall leafless stem with a few leaves on top and no roots in between. It is a very unattractive and unproductive sight. Such plants can be rejuvenated into even better state than original with a little bit of timely attention. Following are the steps, illustrated with before and after pictures, that I have used successfully.
It is important to do this at a time when the Vanda is looking to come into active growth. October, November and December are the best months. If done when the Vanda is dormant it may do more damage than good.
- Cut hard
The top leafed part of the Vanda I cut approximately 10cm below the last leaves. The leafless base stem cut the bottom to approximately the same length as the leaved cutting. Treat the cuts with Tomato Dust or similar. These two cuttings I then tie together and discard the remaining base of the original stem.
- Making roots and Keikis
The plant is then placed in an empty pot and watered when others are watered. The top cutting will soon make some new roots. It may shed some more of the bottom leaves and become dehydrated looking. When new roots form this is soon rectified. You can speed up the process by regular weekly spraying with a growth / rooting formula such as Formula 20, but it is not necessarily essential. The leafless cutting will usually make a number of keikis (this is slower than the root formation).
- Pot up and enjoy the result
When new roots have emerged and are 2 – 4cm long then pot up in your normal way with both stems still attached. Over the coming months you will end up with a totally rejuvenated Vanda with the pot containing 1 – 4 new vigorous growth stems. The Vanda is now set to flower again prolificly and will be well established before the dormant winter months.
The pictures illustrate some past and a current Vandas (the last 2 months) that have been rejuvenated this way. Believe in “Fairy Tales” – a Beast can turn into a Beauty!