Vanda Orchids Give Colorful Rewards
The Vanda genus is one of the most beautiful groups of orchids. Advertisers are enthralled with their architecturally stunning stems and elegant leaves. The genus is widespread throughout Asia and has been selected as the national flower of Singapore. The popularity of these flowers is showing a steady increase and they are being exported around the world. Whether vanda orchids are being used for advertising, weddings or as a decorative plant at home or in a commercial setting, they have definitely not yet seen the peak in their popularity.
Sanskrit gives us the name Vanda for the genus; it is simply the word for orchid in that language. The species of this genus are found throughout most of Asia, stretching from India across the continent to outlying Pacific Islands. While yellow is the signature shade of most species, with brown coming in a close second; you can find everything from green to soft blush to the extremely rare Vanda coerulea which displays highly sought after bluish-purple flowers.
When you have seen these plants you will have virtually always seen the flowering stems tied to some sort of a support system. This is because most members of vanda orchids are monopodial and grow upwards in straight stem without branching out. This makes them well-suited for indoor cultivation and they will grow slowly, adding only a few new leaves for every year of growth. Vanda orchids typically bloom more regularly than a lot of varieties, producing a single stem with multiple flowers every three months or so, with the blossoms lasting for two to four weeks.
This is not the varietal for a beginning orchid cultivator. They are very high maintenance and require a great deal of care. Their need for humidity is higher than most orchids and in order to thrive, a consistent effort to maintain humidity levels must be exerted. If this is by the use of a humidifier or thrice daily misting or placing the pot of your vanda orchids atop a bed of rocks in a pool of water, some method of constant elevated humidity is necessary to get the reward of the stunning arched drop of a stem of Vanda blossoms.
These are a heliophilic, or sun loving, plant. They crave sunlight, but not direct sunlight. If it is possible to move your plants at lunch an ideal method is to give the plants a good soaking of sun in the morning and then relocate them to indirect sunlight for the remainder of the day.
Vanda is one of the epiphytic genus of orchid that in its natural environment grows on trees. It is always best to plant vanda orchids in a mixture that is specifically formulated for them. If your local garden center carries it, it will be pricier than a regular potting soil, but your money will be well spent. The plants will only thrive and give you the flowers you are craving if you give them what their roots need.
If the beauty of the plant is appealing to you, but your preference is for a broader color range of flowers, you may be able to find a suitable hybrid. When vanda orchids are crossed with other genera it can yield many deeper colors in the blue and purple family. Take your time and cultivate these flowers with care. The time invested will result in a beautiful plant that flowers multiple times throughout the year.