Posted by: marinvit | May, 2009

Vanda Orchids

Orchids are a very popular flowering plant for gifting and for growing.  Most orchid genera and species are wonderfully fragrant, and beautiful.  One of the more popular Orchids due to the unique flower shape , colors, and very pleasant fragrance are Vanda Orchidsvanda-orchids

The Vanda Orchid has about 80 different species, is a monopodial orchid (they grow from the tip of the plant), and is found mostly in China, Northern Australia, the Himalayas, and Indonesia.  They grow wild on the trunks and branches of the jungle trees, and sometimes rocks.   The flowers of these plants grow in clusters at the tip of the plant, and are a long-lasting flower.

Vanda Orchids love sunlight, and require 3 to 4 hours daily in order to flower properly.  With steady watering, sunlight, humidity, a little fertilizer, and light soil/compost, these plants will grow and flower beautifully.  You can place them in a hanging wooden basket with very little soil over the roots.

The proper temperature for optimal growth and flowering is 65 degrees or higher.  It is possible for the Vanda Orchid to survive temperatures as low as 38 degrees, but damage will occur to the flower and root tips.  It is best to keep the temperature above 50 degrees for these plants.

These plants are considered heavy feeders meaning a mix of fertilizer should be given to the Vanda Orchids for proper care.  Try not to smother the roots of these plants with soil/compost.  The soil/compost should not be tight, but rather more loose.  That is why the slat wooden basket is the best planter for them.  These Orchids will grow fast, and flower quickly if the proper care is taken when growing them.

Vanda Orchids are beautiful, unique, fragrant flowering plants that are easily grown and cared for using porous soil/compost that will not smother the roots.  Making sure it gets a good dose of sunlight, and humidity will allow this plant to flower and thrive.  Fertilizer should be used about once a week for proper feeding these hungry plants.  Make sure to keep the temperature above 50, and make sure there is plenty of good air circulation in very warm conditions.

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