Caring for Vanda – worth knowing and tips

Vanda orchids are really something special. In addition to the eye-catching drawings of the flowers, the exotics can be cultivated without any substrate at all, this species lives on air, so to speak! At home, the orchids grow high in the trees of the jungle as so-called epiphytes and feed on rain and dew. This is why the aerial roots are so strong and important to the well-being of the plants. The color of the flowers varies depending on the species, but all can be hung up as a sophisticated window decoration. Learn all about Singapore’s national flower.

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Interesting facts about Vanda

Botanical name: Vanda Other names: Vanda orchid, Vanda Use: houseplant, hanging plant Origin:

tropical regions of Asia

Flowering period: March to November
Flower colours: violet, blue, orange, yellow, red, pink, white or multicolored
Special features: Vandeen prefer to grow with their roots in the open air. Therefore, the refined plants are suitable for hanging plants or as a culture in a voluminous glass without soil. It is important that sufficient light and air reach the root system.

In which location do vanda orchids feel most comfortable?

This particular type of orchid prefers a light, semi-shady place facing north or west. South-facing windows are only ideal in winter, because the intense sunlight can burn leaves as early as March. Room temperatures of 20 to 22 °C and a relative humidity of 60 to 85 percent are ideal. From June to the end of August, Vanda orchids can be placed in a sheltered, partially shaded spot in the garden. It is important that there is no direct sunlight and that the animals get used to the outdoor conditions step by step. Due to the climatic conditions at the home location, it is important that the potted plant is never colder than 15 °C.

Our gardening tip: If Vanda orchids are too dark, only leaves will form and there will be no new pile.

How do I properly care for my Vanda Orchids?

After a long flowering period, the flower stalk dries up and can be cut off. A special resting phase for bud induction is not necessary for this orchid species. The right location, an even supply of water without waterlogging and regular application of fertilizer are essential for renewed flowering. If the exotic plant feels good, it delights with its flowers up to three times a year.

How do I water my Vanda Orchids?

The exotic beauties are often cultivated without soil and stand in wooden baskets or glass cylinders. This ensures that the roots of the epiphytes have enough air available. In the absence of a moisture-retaining substrate, the risk of drying out is very high. Either dip the Vanda in a bucket of lime-free water every 2 to 3 days or spray the roots daily. It is important that after watering there should never be water in the leaf axils, otherwise rotten, diseased areas will quickly develop.

How do I fertilize my Vanda Orchids?

Regular fertilizing is important for flowering. Orchid special fertilizer contains all the necessary nutrients in the right ratio. The liquid fertilizer is added to the immersion water every 3 weeks from March to October. The whole root network is dipped.

What pests and diseases can vanda orchids get?

With the right conditions and optimal care, vanda orchids are easy to care for plants. The following problems can still occur:

Rot in leaf compartments

It is important that there is no water in the leaf axes after diving and that excess water is dabbed off.

Yellow leaves

They are usually a result of too low temperatures, too little fertilizer and little sunlight. Improve site conditions.

FAQ — Frequently Asked Questions About Vanda Orchids

Can Vanda Orchids be propagated?

One way of propagation is to take cuttings. The plant cannot be divided. The cuttings should be obtained in spring from non-growing plants without flowers. In order to establish itself, the young plant is first planted in orchid soil.

Do dried aerial roots need to be removed?

Only completely dried, porous and brown roots are removed. When cutting, it is important that the intact root system is spared.

What is the best way to get the Vanda Orchid to bloom again?

The right site conditions are important. In addition to sufficient heat, light and even moisture at the roots are essential. Also, older plants will bud again more easily than newly propagated young plants.

Orchids in the language of flowers
Here you can find out the meaning of the orchid in the language of flowers.