Orchids forum: Vanda roots yellowing! Help!!!

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Name: Tara
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terrafirma
Jun 12, 2016 8:33 AM CST
Help! I'm absolutely beside myself this morning!
Watered the Vanda's this morning, and the 'Brighton's Ruby Jewel' has yellow roots. They were in beautiful shape yesterday! What's wrong? And what can I do to mend it? Please help!!!!
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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Jun 12, 2016 8:40 AM CST
I only have the two old Vanda and have never seen this happen. I hope it is nothing serious. I feel sure that those with more experience growing Vanda will be able to help you.
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Name: Tara
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terrafirma
Jun 12, 2016 8:45 AM CST
Thank You! Ken. Crossing Fingers!
Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Jun 12, 2016 9:22 AM CST
Yikes, Tara I can see how you'd be worried. I have not that much experience either, but here's my take on it. As long as your plant has healthy looking leaves and some healthy green roots with growing tips - I can see a great big one in your picture - then I don't think it's in trouble. Your plant has some older, brown roots (mine have those too) and maybe these roots have just reached the end of their useful life? Or maybe they have a case of new algae growing on them - some of mine have a lot of green algae growing on them, it doesn't seem to hurt anything.

For this to happen so suddenly is very odd and would indicate to me it was something in the water or something that got on the roots from somewhere else. Most diseases or bugs would not happen suddenly like that.

Can you get a magnifying glass and look closely at the yellow roots to make sure it's not bugs or mites or something? If they go white or grey again when they dry out, I'd just keep an eye on it but not worry as long as the plant's top growth isn't affected.
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Name: Gigi
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GigiPlumeria
Jun 15, 2016 9:56 PM CST
I agree with Elaine. My Vanda's hair like roots get brittle and fall off. For as long as you have huge green roots and healthy leaves you should be fine. One of my Vanda leaves turned brown because it got sunburned.
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Name: Tara
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terrafirma
Jun 16, 2016 6:08 PM CST
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Thank You! Elaine! The plant itself, is looking very healthy! Very green leaves! Looking very happy! The roots ,as you have seen, not so much... I did look very closely for an "infestation"... mites, etc....I've seen none. Just some roots looking quite sad. Yellowing, but also some new very healthy roots...At this point I'm just hoping that these are "old" roots that are 'giving up'?

Gigi, Thank You! There are several really green roots, and seems to be some new, green roots coming on, so, I'm hoping that the yellow ones I'm seeing are just a "natural" part of .... Blinking So long as the plant itself is looking pretty good, I'm just going to go with...the natural order of things????
Name: Gigi
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GigiPlumeria
Jun 16, 2016 9:42 PM CST
That's what I would do Tara. Thumbs up
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