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orchid vases

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by NicoleJS, Sep 19, 2016.

  1. NicoleJS

    NicoleJS New Member

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    Hey everyone,

    I got a question. So my orchid of 2 weeks (a brassia) lives in an orchid vase, 18"x6", given to me by my aunt. She is the only person I know who grows orchids, and has done for many years. Always in these tall, narrow, very expensive orchid vases. I'll be honest, I don't remember her orchids ever flowering, certainly not in the last couple years. But she insists it is the best way for them for the humidity based on the advice or actions of an experienced grower.

    Since looking up and researching orchids myself, including googling 'growing orchids in orchid vases', i can't say i have yet seen anyone else doing this.

    Does anyone else use these or heard of them being used? Or know of any advantages or disadvantages of using one?

    If I can't find anything else to support growing in the vase i shall probably take her out before returning her to the windowsill in a week or so and maybe use the vase for table displays, as my gut reaction is not enough circulating air and increased risk of sunburn and more disturbance every time i try and take it out to water.
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  2. carl

    carl Active Member

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    Sooutheastern Pencilvania
    I think your gut reaction is correct. Only possible advantage would be extra humidity around the plant. The best way to maintain a higher humidity, though, is to have lots of plants in the same area.
  3. PaphMadMan

    PaphMadMan Member

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    Vase culture is somewhat common for Vanda types, sometimes Phals, grown in low humidity indoor environments. The roots and perhaps some of the leaves are within a clear glass vase with no media. Water is added to cover the roots, then poured off after a short soak. The plant is not usually removed from the vase on a regular basis. This keeps the roots in a humid environment, and can work well with the very thick roots of Vanda types. The method is far less commonly used for orchids with finer roots, like Brassia, but I'm sure it could be adapted.