Orchids forum: Removing a Vanda from a wooden basket

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Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
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AnnaZ
Oct 6, 2017 9:50 AM CST
I don't remember where I saw where someone had posted a link on how to remove a Vanda from a wooden basket.........saying they looked nice and neat in them but was better for the plant to be "outta there". I didn't save or even go look at the link..........dumb me.

If anyone can give me a few hints on how to go about it before I start hacking and do irrepairable damage, I'd be grateful. As would the Vanda. Green Grin!
Name: lindsey
wesley chapel, fl
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sugarcane
Oct 6, 2017 10:15 AM CST
Anna, I'm no Vanda expert...but I think you are supposed to stop messing with their roots in July or August. Check with Motes, or the AOS culture sheet if no one else chimes in.
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Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
Charter ATP Member Greenhouse Cat Lover Raises cows Region: Wisconsin
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AnnaZ
Oct 6, 2017 10:43 AM CST
Ok. I just saw that "link" in the last week............stupid me for not checking it out. "Oh, I'll remember where that is............." Yeah, right................... Sticking tongue out
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
Charter ATP Member Greenhouse Cat Lover Raises cows Region: Wisconsin
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AnnaZ
Oct 6, 2017 11:39 AM CST
I printed out the AOS culture sheet for Vandas..........doesn't tell how to get it out of the wooden slat basket. Maybe I should just leave it alone.
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Oct 6, 2017 12:25 PM CST

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If one of my Vandas in a slatted basket outgrew its basket, I would simply soak the plant well to make the roots pliable and pop the whole thing into a larger basket. That basket is simply an anchor for the plant anyway and I see nothing wrong with long roots hanging down. I could imagine a lot of damage trying to losen the roots from the wood.
But that's just me..... Smiling
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
Charter ATP Member Greenhouse Cat Lover Raises cows Region: Wisconsin
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AnnaZ
Oct 6, 2017 12:39 PM CST
From what I read (wherever it was...........LOL) I thought the whole idea of taking it OUT of the wooden slat basket was so the roots could "hang". I guess I will leave it alone. It seems happy the way it is, and it currently blooming.

It has roots twining around the slats and some just out in the "air" doing their thing. All is well. Sometimes I read enough to be dangerous...........I guess that is one of those times. Whistling
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
Charter ATP Member Fruit Growers Adeniums Spiders! Native Plants and Wildflowers Region: Pennsylvania
Greenhouse Keeper of Koi Cactus and Succulents Forum moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Ponds
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Ursula
Oct 6, 2017 1:14 PM CST

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Anna, looking at an established good size Vanda, the roots do hang freely down from those slatted baskets, usually. Smiling

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