Vanda orchids are typically found in tropical regions. Their species is considered endangered because their natural habitats have been destroyed to a great extent.
The Vanda Orchid produces an amazing array of exquisite flowers that come in many colours. Some have patterns on the petals and some can be found in solid colours. The flowers themselves can grow up to six inches in diameter and are produced on spikes of 6-8 flowers each.
Caring for Vanda Orchids
There are three different types of Vanda orchids which are identified by their leaf shapes. These are the Terete (with thin, rounded leaves), the Strap Leaf (with flat, broad leaves) and the Semi-Terete (with hybrid leaves of the Strap Leaf & Terete). Each of these types of Vanda orchids likes a brightly lit environment however this can vary depending on the type of leaves the orchid has. The Terete leaf Vandas like full sun, the Semi-Terete leaf Vandas prefer a little less sun, and the Strap-Leaf Vandas need the least amount of light. As they are usually found growing amongst a lot of other vegetation they will tolerate a little shade but can also therefore be prone to sunburn if not positioned correctly.
Due to its tropical origins the Vanda Orchid thrives on very high levels of humidity and warm temperatures and can therefore be hard to grow in many homes. To help maintain adequate humidity levels you may need to mist your orchid regularly (once or twice a day at least) or consider placing them on a humidity tray. However it is also important to ensure that there is adequate air movement around your orchid to prevent the likelihood of disease.
It is best to water Vanda Orchids with tepid water and, like many other orchids, you should do so relatively infrequently to allow their roots to dry out between watering. This will of course also be determined by the type of potting medium you use and the positioning of the plant.
You will need to fertilise the Vanda orchid when it is in an active growth phase which is usually between spring and fall. During the colder months they should only be fertilised infrequently.
If you take care to follow these suggestions for caring for a Vanda orchid you should be rewarded with the many beautiful and exotic flowers produced by your plant every year.