Vanda is a species of epiphyte orchid, originated from tropical rainforests in Asia, the Indonesian archipelago and Australia. Being an epiphyte species, it uses another plant as a support. In the natural environment, the orchid lives hanging or fastened by other plants, without being a parasitic species and without damaging the plant it hangs on.
Because it’s often difficult to create its natural environment indoors, Vanda grows either in suspended pots or in a light and well-drained substrate. The substrate will always be maintained moist during summer and you will allow it to dry easily between two watering during the winter.
Vanda is a warm greenhouse orchid.
– In summer it needs 86 degrees Fahrenheit, and in the winter 55.4-59 degrees Fahrenheit.
– It requires a lot of light, but be careful, because mid-day sunlight will damage the plant.
– Optimum atmospheric humidity is 70-80% in summer and during winter it should be reduces in half.
– The most well-known species is Vanda tricolor. The plant has linear leaves, up to 45 cm long. The flowers are fragrant, have sepals and petals colored in yellow-cream with brown-red striations.
– Highly appreciated by collectors is Blue Vanda, which is very rare.
– Vanda blooms in winter and its rest period is in summer. Reducing watering and lowering temperatures are the factors that trigger rest.
It’s multiplied by seedlings, the optimal period being at the end of the bloom. You can use both the tip of the shrub and the 2-3-knot shrub fragments. Because in most cases the cuttings already have adventive roots, they will be planted as such.
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