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Vandas contains many species represented by very large plants and a wide variety of beauty in the flowers.

These 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.

The 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.

Vandas 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.

 

Your 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 promote blooms.

If 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.

Optimum temperatures are 60° F at night and a maximum of 95° F during the day.

The 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.

Related links:
VANDA Orchids.pdf - PDF file. Vandas sometimes are a challenge to grow.
Vanda - Wikipedia - Information about Vandas and species list.


 

Vanda

VANDAS will 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.

Vanda Flower
INFLORESCENCES appear from the axis of the leaves. Flowers are long lasting and appear in a cluster along the spike.