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Vandaceous Orchid

 Scientific Name :  Vanda Sanderiana
 Family : Orchidaceae
 Colour : Yellow, orange, scarlet, deep purple
 Common names : Vandas
Vandaceous Orchid

Vandas (Vandaceous Orchid) are becoming popular among orchid growers and most of these are monopodial in habit, with aerial roots appearing along the stem. They have about 50 species from which the many hybrids are derived from the tropics- Asia and the orient as far down as Australia. The inflorescences appear from the axis of the leaves. Flowers are long lasting and appear in a cluster along the spike. The wide range of colors which includes some fairly good blues and browns has added greatly to their popularity. Yellow, orange, scarlet, deep purple and bright fuschia are all part of the vandaceous color palette. They vary in size and some flowers sport exotic markings or can be covered with spots or stripes. Many Vandas have a powerful fragrance. Many of the orchids in these groups have nicknames like Scorpion Orchids or Spider orchids.

Vandas like warm temperatures with plenty of air movement. Potting should be done in a very open media to allow for rapid drying of roots. They prefer coarse media such as fir bark, charcoal, tree fern fiber, coconut chips or any fast draining material. They will continue to grow anytime of the year if given warm temperatures and plenty of sunlight. Vandaceous orchids are fast growing and therefore prefer high light levels, high humidity and frequent watering. They may grow to be very large plants, sometimes 10 to 12 feet high. They normally grow best suspended in wooden baskets and require warm growing conditions with plenty of bright light. Vandas are often grown outdoors in hanging baskets during the summer months. Vandas are heavy feeders and should be fed a balanced fertilizer often.

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 1.  Posted on : 2.9.2013  By  :  Shaleen Chikara , Gurgaon, NCR View Answer (0) Post Answer

I am growing an Orchid in a small pot filled with charcoal (that's how it came). It was flowering when it came, and now I see 3 new shoots emerging from the sides. How should I care for it and how much should I water it? Also, what is a good potting medium? I am living in Delhi, and currently it is monsoon season, but soon dry winters will set in.

 2.  Posted on : 24.1.2011  By  :  shruthi , bangalore View Answer (2) Post Answer

few of my phaelanopsis orchids started to loose the topmost leaf(the blooms were present) and eventually all the leaves fell off.The roots are fine,not dry totally but will the plant grow back? what could be the problem and what do i do?


As long as the bulbs are still there and not rotten, it will still grow but takes time to wait for new leaves.

  Posted By :grace de la pena , Cagayan de Oro City, Mindanao | On 9.5.2013

water got into the center of the plant and rotted must water from the bottom and keep tops dry and no it wont grow back

  Posted By :kevin , las vegas | On 22.2.2011
 3.  Posted on : 5.9.2010  By  :  Maxine , Spring Hill. Fl, Spring Hill. Fl View Answer (1) Post Answer

I separated my ground orchid, Spathoglottis plicata this spring as it was over crowed and it has not shown any sige of blooming, What so I need to do to encourage blooming?


Hi. I had the same problem. However, I solved it with a bi-weekly watering of a small orchid fertilizer (literally 1/8 of a teaspoon). The water itself was taken from my patio pond. I placed the plant in a high humidity area near other plants. Let the plants drain out completely between waterings. The soil mix comprised real, finely chopped coconut bark, crushed egg shells, charcoal, phosphorus, lumus soil - basically nothing compact. Watch out for mealy bugs as they love these plants.

  Posted By :Paulos , Trinidad | On 15.7.2016
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