Vanda orchids are a group of orchids those are native to India and South East Asia spreading across to Northern Australia. Vanda orchids are epiphytic orchids. This means that they do not attach their roots to soil. Instead, they get their support from other plants, but are not parasitic. In the wild, Vanda orchids often attach themselves to trees, letting their roots dangle in the air. A coarse potting medium will usually work well, e.g. medium or coarse grade coir husk.
Vanda orchids are monopodial orchids, meaning they grow from a single stem, with roots emerging from the bottom of the stem. Vanda orchids’ leaves are alternating, climbing the stem in a ladder-like progression. Older Vanda orchids frequently branch, and if left undivided, the plants can grow into very large specimens. Vanda orchids flower from spikes that emerge from the central stem and poke out between the leaves. Vanda orchids are known for very large, robust roots that are difficult to contain in any sort of pot or container.
Vanda orchid plants thrive well in container and are suitable for deck, patios, balcony or pool side. Vanda orchids grow well in bright, warm and humid conditions. An important aspect of Vanda orchid care is providing your plant with sufficient amounts of light. Vanda orchids need a lot of sun light, but should be protected from intense midday sun.
Vandas might need to be watered twice a day. When watering a Vanda, first soak the plant until the white or silvery roots turn color. Then wait a few minutes before again saturating the plant. Overall, the plant should be under spray for up to 8 -10 minutes. Always let the potting medium dry out thoroughly before you water your Vanda orchids. Vanda need to well-fed to bloom better. During the growing season, fertilize with a liquid-based, weak fertilizer (balanced fertilizer -10-10-10) weekly.
These orchid varieties are known for their large showy flowers. These orchids also come in large range of colours: ranging from lavender, blue to pink; Many Vanda orchids also feature flowers that are marbled with darker shades. Vanda usually bloom every few months and the flowers last for two to three weeks.