contains many species represented by very large plants and a
wide variety of beauty in the flowers.
mostly epiphytic, but sometimes lithophytic or terrestrial orchids
are distributed in India, Himalaya, SE Asia, Indonesia, the Philippines,
New Guinea, southern China and northern Australia.
genus has a monopodial growth habit with leaves that are highly
variable according to habitat. Some have flat, typically broad,
ovoid leaves (strap-leaves), while others have cylindrical (terete),
fleshy leaves and are adapted to dry periods.
generally like lots of water yet must dry out quickly. If warm
and sunny (as they like), will need daily watering, sometimes
twice a day. Vandas
are grown in a wood basket surrounded by hard wood charcoal or
standard orchid mix which helps maintain the level of moisture
in the basket.
Vanda will enjoy being fed regularly. Feed your Vanda 30-10-10
full strength once a week if warm; (summer) 10-50-10 once a month to
the weather is cool, fertilize only every two to four weeks. The
warmer your Vanda is, the faster the growth. A minimum winter temperature of 55 F is recommended. Colder
nights can be tolerated for a short time if it is not windy.
temperatures are 60° F at night and a maximum of 95° F
during the day.
Vanda genus is very intersting to grow. Can bloom several times
a year. The bloom will last approximately one month. Many Vanda
orchids are endangered, because of habitat destruction.
Orchids.pdf - PDF file. Vandas sometimes are a challenge to
- Wikipedia - Information about Vandas and species list.
grow roots over the side of the pot and up into the air as well
as out from the stem well above the pot. Leave these roots on the
plant, perhaps misting them when the plant is watered.
appear from the axis of the leaves. Flowers are long lasting and
appear in a cluster along the spike.