Orchids forum: Surgery, and then there were two!

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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Apr 28, 2016 11:19 AM CST
Today, I took a leap of faith and performed a drastic amputation on my biggest Vanda plant - Jairak Heartthrob. It was well over 9ft. from the top of the leaves to the bottom of the roots and has at least 3 keikis.

Just thought we'd be interested to see what I ended up with:
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Disconcerting to see that the top half (left) is still nearly as long as it was before it was cut - many more long roots than I thought! The bottom half is a nice size plant with two keikis and a ton of roots, too.
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I just dusted the cut ends with cinnamon - anybody have a suggestion of something else I'd be advised to do?



Elaine

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Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
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hawkarica
Apr 28, 2016 11:34 AM CST
I hope this works because I have been wanting to do something like this too but lacked the nerve. The plant really looks healthy.

Jim
Name: Daisy
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DaisyI
Apr 28, 2016 11:39 AM CST
A leep of faith and nerves of steel. It looks really good to me but my biggest Vanda is about a foot tall.
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Apr 28, 2016 11:59 AM CST
Yeah, I was finally looking at it critically, with my glasses on (what a revelation!) and the right place to cut just presented itself very clearly. Blinking Rolling my eyes.

I'm thinking I'll keep the two of them out of the sun for a few days to let them recover from surgery. Will update with any surprises. (hope not, surprises could only be bad, I think)

This week I am due to treat with fungicide again, also. That will ease my mind about fungus invasion into the cut, too.
Elaine

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Name: lindsey
wesley chapel, fl
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sugarcane
Apr 28, 2016 12:52 PM CST
brave woman! 9 feet is just insane!
lindsey
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Apr 28, 2016 1:55 PM CST
Not brave, but desperate might cover it. Dragging her in and out of the house this winter was what convinced me that amputation was necessary. It was like transporting the Queen with her train dragging along behind. Its still around 7ft, but much lighter and less unwieldy now. Way less roots. But if it grows too much this summer, it's going to get chopped again next spring. nodding
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Elaine

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Name: Tara
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terrafirma
Apr 28, 2016 4:47 PM CST
I am soooo interested to see the outcome! Thumbs up
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Apr 28, 2016 5:23 PM CST
I'll update next week, but generally, I think in this case "no news is good news".
Elaine

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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Apr 28, 2016 5:24 PM CST

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Awesome, Elaine!!
I am pretty confident you did well!! Thumbs up
Name: lindsey
wesley chapel, fl
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sugarcane
Apr 28, 2016 7:09 PM CST
just ONE reason I'm glad to be VANDA free!
lindsey
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Apr 28, 2016 7:11 PM CST
Aw, Lindsey I think in the middle of summer you might not feel that way.

My vandas will be enjoying all the rain and humidity and you'll be building a roof over your catts so they can dry out once in a while.

Or . . schlepping them into the house? Green Grin!
Elaine

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