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Vanda

This page is meant to give you information and some useful tips about the care of the Vanda. You will also find all the Vanda species we offer in our assortment.

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Derivation of the name

The name Vanda derives from the Sanskrit name of the specie Vanda tessellata.

Features and origin

Vanda is a gender with around 60 species spread throughout India, the Himalaya, Southeast-Asia, Indonesia, the Philippines, New-Guinea, the South of China and the North of Australia. They are mainly epiphytes, with some exceptions that are lithophytes and terrestrial plants.
Some species have flat, wide, egg-shaped leaves, while some have fleshy, conical leaves that are adjusted to a drier climate. The stems of the orchids vary in size. There are miniature plants, but also plants that can grow to be metres long. They can become very big, which means that they come with an extensive air root system.
The flower stem on the side grows from the stem of the plant and carries some to many large, remarkable flowers. Most species have yellow-brown flowers with brown markings, but they can also be white, green, orange, red and burgundy. Die lip has a small shoot. Vanda’s usually bloom every few months and the flowers stay 3-8 weeks.

 

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Care tips

Place

Vanda’s need a very light place, please keep in mind that the plant should be protected against direct sunlight..
A Vanda can be kept in the living room. The best would be in a glass vase, so that the humidity around the plant stays appropriate.

Temperature

In summer, the temperature may vary in between the 25℃ and 30℃. It is recommended to let the temperature drop to in between 20℃ and 22℃ by night, so that the plant can cool off.
In winter, a temperature in between 21,5℃ and 23,5℃ is ideal. The temperature by night can cool down to around 19,5℃ - 17,5℃.
The plants will grow and bloom actively throughout the entire year in case of an appropriate temperature and much sunlight.

Humidity

We advise a humidity between 40% and 80%. This differs per species within the gender .

Water

Look at the roots. When they are still humid, the plant doesn’t need water.
Let the roots dry for one or two days before watering the plant again.
When filling the vase with water, bubbles of air will emerge out of the roots of the plant. This is because the roots suck up the water like a sponge. After about 20-60 minutes, the bubbles won’t be appearing anymore. That’s because the roots will be satisfied. Please remove the remaining water out of the vase to prevent the roots from rotting! !Please note that this is only applicable if you keep the plant in a vase!

An easy schedule to water your plant, is the following:

  1. Take the Vanda out of the vase on Monday, spray the roots and put it back into the vase. Please make sure at all times that there is no water at the bottom of the vase. This is to prevent the roots from rotting.
  2. Wednesday or Thursday it’s best to dip the plant for about 30 minutes into a bucket of water. Please make sure only the roots are dipped into the water. If water gets in between the leaves, they will start to rot. After half an hour, you van let the plant drain. When the plant is drained, you can put it back into the vase. This is also the right moment to add the fertilizer.
  3. On Saturday you can give the plant the same treatment as on Monday (repeat step 1).

Please mind: this schedule is a guideline. We always recommend to look at the plant. It’s also possible to hang the plant at home. However, this is a challenge and requires lots of attention,

Fertilizer

The Vanda needs fertilizer once a week throughout the whole year.
The fertilizer is important, because there won’t be enough sunlight for the Vanda. Normally, the sunlight provides the Vanda with sugars that are essential to create the growth of flower branches. Therefore it’s harder for the Vanda to start blooming without the fertilizer.