Vanda

Vanda spp.

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There are about 80 species of Vandas orchids and this genus is one of the most commonly cultivated and hybridised orchids for the market place. With it's fragrant showy and long lasting flowers this orchid is a popular choice for horticultural showing. This genus's growth habit is highly variable depending on habitat and many species within the genus are endangered as they are severely threatened with habitat loss.The export of wild-collected specimens of the blue orchid (V. coerulea) and other wild Vanda species is prohibited worldwide, as all orchids are listed on Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring

Harvesting

When the blooms are finished, cut the spike down to the level of the leaves and the plant will bloom with larger flowers and a strong stem within a year.

Propagation

Division

Divide when they have over filled their pots.

Rhizomes

Small plantlets (keiki) appear from the nodes on the flower stems. Detach the plantlets when they have developed several good roots and pot them up in orchid compost. Water sparingly at first.

Special features

Attractive flowers

Indoor plant

The epiphytic species are best accommodated in large wooden baskets, bare rooted, which allows for the large aerial root systems

Special features

Origin

India, Himalaya, Southeast Asia, Indonesia, Philippines, New Guinea, Southern China and northern Australia

Natural climate

Tropical

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Compost, Bark, Air

Frost hardiness

Half-Hardy

Personality

Family

Orchidaceae

Flower colour

Multicoloured

Scent

Mild

Problems

Root rot is a common problem with over watering. Allow roots to dry between waterings. Slugs and snails can also sit between leaf nodes, remove promptly.
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