Orchid Care Info

Vanda orchid care

vanda orchid care

Vanda is one of many genera in the orchid family Orchidaceae. The name Vanda is derived from the classical Indian language Sanskrit. Wild vandal orchids grow in northern Australia and Eastern Asia, including India, Indonesia, the Philippines, New Guinea, southern China and the Himalaya region. The show from one Vanda spike can sometimes last up to eight weeks or more, and this is naturally a highly desirable treat in the floral industry. If you a Vanda plant with ideal Vanda orchid care, it can bloom more than once a year.

Vanda orchid care - Medium

Many Vanda orchids are epiphytic, but you can also find lithophytic and terrestrial species. Finding out which type of orchid you are keeping is recommended, since this will affect the recommended Vanda orchid care. A coarse potting medium will usually work well, e.g. medium or coarse grade Fir bark.  

Vanda orchid care - Temperature

The recommended day temperature for Vanda orchids is 75 - 85˚ F (24 - 29˚ C). If you want to provide your plant with ideal Vanda orchid care, you should lower the temperature to 65-75˚ F (18-24˚ C) during the night to mimic the conditions found in the natural Vanda orchid habitat.  Healthy and well established Vanda orchids can usually cope with occasional temperature extremes as long as they are brief.

Vanda orchid care - Light

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. Ideally place your plant in a spot where it can enjoy full morning and afternoon sun while being shaded from 11 am to 3 pm. Yellow leaves indicate overexposure to strong sunlight, while dark green leaves indicate that your orchid needs more sun. Strive to keep the leaves light green.

Vanda orchid care - Watering

Epiphytic and lithophytic Vanda orchids are naturally very sensitive to over-watering, but the terrestrial species will also be hurt if you leave them “with their feet wet”. Always let the potting medium dry out thoroughly before you water your Vanda orchids.

Vanda orchid care - Nutrients

Suitable Vanda orchid care that includes sufficient amounts of feeding can make your orchid bloom more than once a year. Use a high nitrogen fertilizer (25-9-9) year round. For a normal strong fertilizer, one teaspoon a month will be enough. Ideally split up the dose and provide your orchid with several feedings instead of giving it all its food in one large serving. 

Vanda orchid care - Repotting

Do not disturb your Vanda orchid by repotting it too often. Wait until the orchid has outgrown its old pot before you repot. This will typically take 2-3 years during normal circumstances. In some cases, the potting medium should however be exchanged immediately. Never let your Vanda orchid grow in a potting medium that have gone sours and/or is unable to drain properly. Green mould and snow mould is also a sign that should prompt instant repotting if you want to provide your plant with ideal Vanda orchid care.

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