Vanda Orchid is a genus formed by more than 80 species that make up the Orchidaceae family, the scientific name of orchids.
With a showy, fragrant and intensely colored flowering, this highly prized species of orchid is originally from East Asia, Southwest Asia and New Guinea.
Its exposed roots, peculiar colors, shapes and sizes are what makes this plant one of the most coveted species for growing at home, in addition to the most different varieties of flowers for gardens.
To cultivate it is not necessary any type of substrate. The Vanda orchid really likes a lot of water so that it blooms even more than once a year.
Keeping it alive and blooming is simpler than you might think, but it requires some special care. Here you will learn how to make seedlings, plant and even cultivate your Vanda orchid and be inspired by 60 enchanting and exuberant images of this type of plant.
Image 1: The Vanda orchid is a very easy species to care for. The exposed roots are highlighted as much as their beautiful flowers.
Characteristics of the Vanda Orchid
Monopodial plants are characteristic of plants that grow upwards. And epiphytes are plants that use trees as support to keep themselves alive. These are some of the characteristics of the Vanda Orchid that you will understand a little more throughout this article!
Orchid flowers are long-lasting, nature’s way of compensating for their bloom once a year. The flowers are very fragrant and when Vanda is mixed with another species, it can bloom more than once a year.
The flowers grow away from the roots so that watering or rainwater is deposited directly on the stem towards the roots.
Image 2: Can be planted in pots with substrate. The ideal climate for growing this type of plant should be hot and humid.
The exposed and developed roots of the Vanda Orchid are a well-known feature of this species that grow beyond the pot.
This is what makes it possible for the plant to absorb nutrients. The roots deserve special attention because it serves as an important healthy plant indicator for its survival.
When the plant is in the growing phase, the ideal for its roots to develop is to leave them exposed. Did you know that they can measure up to more than a meter and a half in length?
In general, the roots of Vanda’s orchids are more voluminous and dry in appearance, which become greener when hydrated in water.
Image 3: The roots are like a sponge that absorb moisture, this process retains water and protects from excess sun.
How to cultivate
As already pointed out above, the Vanda orchid is easy to grow like the types of succulents and peace lilies, for example. And you don’t need substrate to wrap your roots.
A pot with holes in the bottom and side is ideal for growing your plant. In addition to a humid and warm place with good lighting and away from direct sunlight like other types of flowers to decorate the house.
As there is no water reserve, it is necessary to water it daily to hydrate, first the roots until the water runs between them and then the leaves spraying them.
If you don’t have time to do your daily watering on hot days, you have the option of growing it using substrates that are ideal for retaining the water and nutrients needed for your plant to stay healthy.
Therefore, if you’re Orchid is cultivated with substrate, daily watering is not necessary. Otherwise it is necessary to water daily in the morning and in the late afternoon as well as some species of garden plants.
Image 4: Avoid cutting the roots even if they are dry, it is possible that they will turn green again when hydrated.
Image 5: To cultivate Vandas with substrate, use a mixture of pine bark, charcoal and moss to retain more moisture.
Image 6: The Vanda orchid needs a lot of light, but with indirect sun. It is important that the roots are well wet until the color turns green.
Image 7: To water you can let the water run in abundance through the roots of the plant.
Image 8: Or spray the roots once or twice a day, depending on the heat and the exposed climate in which it is being grown.
Image 9: Fertilization can be done every 20 days.
Image 10: You will need a wire, nylon string or something similar that will help hold the plant together for it to grow. Now just wait for flowering.
How to make Vanda orchid seedlings
Vanda’s orchids do not have division from the mother plant, therefore, they do not easily produce seedlings.
The seedlings that emerge from adult orchids are called Keikis. This plant species grows vertically and develops on a single stem that are difficult to make seedlings.
If your plant has produced a Keiki, only remove it from the mother plant when the seedling has three or four roots. But this action is not recommended in this species of orchid because the mother plant can die.
Image 11: Small seedling (Keiki) of Vanda orchid. Some necessary precautions are to avoid exposure to cold environment and wind and not to burn it.
Image 12: First stage of Vanda orchid seedlings. They can arise, but there is no right method for them to develop.
Image 13: Vanda Orchid sprouting spontaneously.
Image 14: See how perfect this Vanda orchid sprout is.
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Image 15: However, it is not recommended to remove the seedlings of this species of plant.
Image 16: Seedlings of this type of orchid in the nursery. To produce the seedling, the plant must have roots at the top of the stem.
Image 17: Adult plants with well-nourished roots that grow healthily.
Image 18: In this image, the roots of the orchid at the moment of budding.
Image 19: A seedling nursery that presents us with this spectacle of colorful flowers.
Image 20: Use coated wire (same as in the bread wrapper) so as not to harm your Vanda orchid.
How to plant a Vanda orchid at home
Before placing the Vanda Orchid in the vase with holes on the sides and bottom, it is necessary to wet the roots so that they are more flexible and do not break easily.
You will need a wire preferably covered or something similar to help secure the plant to develop. It is also possible to grow Vanda suspended in pergolas, for example, without any type of pot leaving its aerial roots.
Image 21: It is important to note that Vandas are not planted. This plant species with aerial roots should be grown suspended and without pots so that its roots are always airy.
Image 22: Here the Vanda orchid is being cultivated in pots with substrate.
Image 23: Already in this image it is being cultivated in the vegetable bush. Note the presence of wires and clips to keep your structure fixed to the base.
Image 24: If it is necessary to cut the root, apply some powdered cinnamon to avoid yeast infection.
Image 25: When the leaves fall, it is due to lack of water and humidity. Don’t worry because this is a very common problem with this type of orchid.
Image 26: On hotter days orchids lose a lot of water very easily, so be careful when watering.
Image 27: Installed in trees, the Vandas are beautiful. Make frequent irrigation and keep your plant in a milder temperature environment.
Image 28: They usually bloom annually and some of their flowers are very fragrant.
Image 29: Here the pot serves as a base for roots grown without substrate.
One of the best plants to grow in gardens. The Vanda orchid is known for the exuberance of its flowers, it is the favorite of orchardists and the most popular in the world.
It has beautiful flowers, easy to grow that can be grown suspended, in pots or stuck in tree trunks.
Of the 81 species cataloged, Vanda is the most famous among orchids. Most live in trees and can be found for sale in nurseries. In their natural habitat on top of trees, they can reach up to two meters in height.
Original from East Asia, they can be found in the Himalayan Mountains, India, China, the Philippines or northern Australia.
The ideal is for the Vandas to be hung without substrates, receiving indirect sun, humidity and good fertilization. Avoid using substrates and provide high humidity up to 80%. Fertilizers with greater amounts of phosphorus stimulate and accelerate growth.
On days with temperatures from 30°C, the ideal is to water twice a day. On days with a temperature between 12°C and 30°C, water once a day. On the other hand, on cold days with a temperature below 12°C, water every other day.
When the climate is above 30°C, you can increase the humidity in the environment by placing a shallow dish of water next to your orchid.
Image 30: The Vanda orchid can even be in direct contact with the sun, but in this case it does not fully develop.
Images that will make you want to grow a Vanda orchid at home
The main characteristics of this species of Orchids are its beautiful exposed roots that stand out for their exuberance and unusual beauty.
Of course, the Vandas’ flowering is equally beautiful and exuberant. Intense in color, they can range from lilac, yellow, red, purple or white.
They go very well in all environments and when hung, their roots, leaves and flowers form a beautiful decorative arrangement that can even be grown without any type of vase, as you can see.
Image 31: Arrangement of Vanda orchid in rustic wooden knot vase.
Image 32: Vanda Orchid in a round glass vase. Your orchid will give a charming touch indoors or out.
Image 33: The orchid arrangement will charm the room and make it look beautiful with its vibrant blooms.
Image 34: For parties and events the table arrangements in these transparent vases are ideal for displaying all the beauty of your flowers.
Image 35: White Vanda Orchids are widely used in wedding decorations. See how delicate the crystal glasses are!
Image 36: Flowering can last up to a month. If it is not flowering, check if it is due to lack of water, light or fertilizer.
Image 37: Protect your plant from the wind and low temperature, they prefer the tropical climate.
Image 38: In this natural arrangement plant without substrate and use tree bark or coconut fiber to compose the decoration.
Image 39: Or use palm bark in an oriental style and place your plant next to the window to catch the sun’s light.
Image 40: Remember that this type of orchid to bloom and grow vigorously cannot be exposed directly to the sun.
Image 41: Can be installed in half shade on dead tree trunks, for example.
Image 42: Or on live trees to create this unique and lush look in your yard or garden decor.
Image 43: It is ideal for any space in the house to complement the decoration and compose different environments.
Image 44: The vibrant colors make the decor of your landscape design beautiful that matches different styles of decor.
Image 45: That can be hung in various rooms of the house exposed in various ways.
Image 46: They may have a smaller size and lighter leaves that grow away from the sun.
Image 47: Whether suspended, hanging or in vases. The Vanda orchid is beautiful and composes the environment with its details.
Image 48: Or as a protagonist on a wall.
Picture 49: The corner of a room with Vanda orchids makes the space much more sophisticated.
Image 50: And on the balcony of your apartment, if well cultivated, it can bloom more than once a year.
Image 51: Aerial arrangement with yellow flowering Vanda to add a touch of color to the environment.
Image 52: For countertops and balconies, glass domes complete the decoration of the environment.
Image 53: Using the Vanda orchid suspended in this way is an excellent way to show off your aerial roots.
Image 54: Whether on a wooden panel, on the tree trunk or in a spaced pot, it gives charm to the outdoor area.
Image 55: With a lot of creativity you can create a vertical garden with this species of orchid. It looks beautiful on this trunk, doesn’t it?
Image 56: Or simply fixed in a corner of the house like this beautiful decorative arrangement.
Image 57: Orchids of different colors are ideal to give a special highlight in the decoration.
Image 58: This flowering orchid in a reddish tone gives a delicate touch to the decoration of any room.
Image 59: Grow your orchid in different ways and create spaces with beautiful hanging gardens in your house and recreate your natural habitat.
Image 60: Finally, now that you know how to plant and cultivate Vanda, imagine this colorful orchid curtain in your home. Did you like the tips?
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