The number of orchid species in nature is sometimes estimated at 20,000. Among the variety are also very exclusive genera. Vanda is one of them. It is perhaps the most mysterious genus among the orchids, with a unique color and exotic air-roots!
Vanda originates on the southern slopes of the Himalayas and in the area from India to southern China. The orchids grow high in the trees of the forest. With its long roots put the plants themselves stuck in trees. The roots feed on morning dew and rain.
Vanda is sold both as a flower blooming plant. The Vanda flowers are long lasting: the consumer has in the living room fun weeks of flowering plants and cut branches. Because of the slow growth the Vanda very robust and the plant could be much better at less favorable conditions than other houseplants.
Vanda's do really well at normal room temperatures between 18 and 27 degrees Celsius. At a proper temperature and lots of light, the plant will grow actively throughout the year.
To bloom a Vanda orchid needs plenty of light. Avoid direct sunlight in summer: therefore color the leaves of the plant sallow and pale. Also, can shrivel leaves. Too little light will cause the leaves dark colors. The plant will not bloom anymore. Upon opening of the flower that is yet to come on color.
Extra light in the flowering stage creates a beautiful bright flower color.
After ten days, the flowers are grown to their full size.
Fill the vase with water during sunny, warm periods twice a week. In cloudy and cool periods do this only once a week.
When filling of the vase with water, the roots suck like a sponge on the water. After about thirty minutes appear no air bubbles and the roots are saturated. Then remove the remaining water from the vase. The plant now has several days stored enough water in the roots.
Use a normal, balanced fertilizer for the Vanda. This is available from a florist or garden center. Add the fertilizer once a month to the water.
When the flowers are in full bloom, the flowers branch can be cut out. After a few months, depending on the amount of light present, there will appear a new branch. Put the plant for several weeks in a cool place to encourage flowering. This place should never fall below 15 degrees Celsius.
Interim Vanda should receive normal water, the plant does not rest like other orchid species. put away in the dark does not: Vanda let alone in a bright place.