Vanda

Vanda includes all Vandaceous orchids such as Vanda Ascocentum, Aerides, Renanthera, Rhynchostylis, etc. and all the hybrids between them. Although there are some vandaceous orchids that originate in mountainous areas, most are low-level plants that love warm temperatures. This group of orchids is found throughout the Eastern Hemisphere with the center of distribution being Southeast Asia.   One important species, Vanda (Euanthe) sanderiana, figures prominently in many hybrids and is native to the Philippines.  Vandas may be small plants with many small, brightly-colored flowers, or large plants with large flowers.  Many Vandas can have a powerful fragrance.  Rhynchostylis and Aerides are noted for their delightful citrus or musky scent.  One of the most desirable qualities of Vandas is the wide range of pure, brilliant colors.  Yellow, orange, scarlet, deep purple, and bright fuschia are all part of the vandaceous color palette.  Some flowers sport exotic markings or can be covered with spots or stripes.  Another desirable feature of many Vanda hybrids, such as Ascocenda, is their tendency to bloom several times throughout the year when they are given the proper conditions. Coupled with the long-lasting flowers it can indeed seem as if they are in continuous bloom.  It is not unusual for growers in Florida and Hawaii to see their Ascocendas bloom five times per year.

Lighting

Vandas prefer about 25% to 35% of bright, filtered light.

Temperature

Vandas prefer temperatures around 70F - 95F during the day, and 60F to 70F at night.

Watering

Water often, but allow your plant to dry completely before watering.  This means you may need to water more often during hot summer months, and less during cooler months.

Fertilizer

Vandas must be fertilized on a regular basis.  For best results, use Better-Gro® Orchid Plus® Fertilizer every week, and Better-Gro® Better Bloom® Fertilizer at every fourth watering to promote large, abundant blooms.

Potting

Re-pot once per year with Better-Gro® Orchid Bark.

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