Vanda originate from the rough south-facing flanks of the Himalayas, from India to South China. There, Vanda grows high in the treetops, with air roots that cling tightly to the trees. The plant survives on morning dew and raindrops. In such an inhospitable place, Vanda must stand out in order to attract insects for pollination, which it does with its colours. They are unrivalled in their rich patterns, in every possible tint.
Place your Vanda in a spot with a lot of natural light so that all flowers continue to open and to optimize the coloration of the flowers.
The Vanda enjoys normal room temperatures, between 18 and 27 degrees Celsius between 64 and 81 degrees Fahrenheit. With the right temperature and a lot of light, the plant will grow actively. Avoid direct sunlight during summer: it may burn or damage the leaves. Once the flowers have dropped off, you can cut out the flower spike.
Water twice a week during sunny, warm periods. The water you use must be of room temperature, about 20-24 degrees Celsius, or 68-75 degrees Fahrenheit. Fill the vase with water until the roots are under the water’s surface. During cloudy and cool periods this needs to be done only once a week. After you have filled the vase with water, the roots absorb the water like a sponge. After approximately thirty minutes remove the water from the vase. The plant has now stored enough water in its roots for the next few days.
Use a normal, balanced fertilizer for the Vanda like the our own Happy houseplant vegan plant food. This can be purchased at the checkout. Add a special liquid orchid fertilizer to the water once a month.
Re-flowering Vanda needs good light in order to bloom. After a couple of months, depending on the amount of daylight present, the plant may be ready to flower again.
To stimulate the flowering, put the plant in a cool place for a couple of weeks. The temperature in this place should never be below 15 degrees Celsius (59 degrees Fahrenheit). During this time, continue to water and feed the plant as you normally do and keep it in a light spot as usual.
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