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This is a very fragrant orchid with beautiful, long lasting blooms. Sepals and petals are yellow to yellow-green variously spotted and overlaid chestnut to mahogany. The labellium will be white variously spotted purple.
Vandas have about 50 species, from which the many hybrids are derived from the tropics Asia and the orient as far down as Australia, they require warm growing conditions with plenty of bright light. Normally they grow best suspended in wooden baskets. They need lots of light, but will still burn when the sun reaches them through glass, so some shading is necessary, the correct level of shading has been reached when on a sunny day, your hand will cast a shadow on the plant but without a definate edge. Grow them high up, but dont forget to give them good air circulation.
Vandas like it hot, minimum night temps may fall to 55 deg. as long as the plant is thoroughly dry by nightfall and daytime temperatures in the 80s is quite ok.
See Orchid page for pictures of different orchids and care info.
Ascocenda (Ascocentrum x Vanda)
Aranda (Arachnis x Vanda)
Mokara (Arachnis x Ascocentrum x Vanda)
Kagawara (Ascocentrum x Renanthera x Vanda)
The Vanda Alliance is made up mostly of warm- and full-sun-growing orchids with colorful flowers. Originating in tropical Asia, they are easily grown in warm climates.
The ripe fruit pulp is edible and has a pleasant chocolate-like flavour. It is locally grown, and is generally eaten fresh.
Vangueria madagascariensis can be grown in poor grounds, and can withstand occasional droughts.
This leafy climbing orchid from hot, wet tropical America is grown for its pods which, when dried, become the commercial vanilla. The flowers are hand pollinated. The Aztec Indians in Mexico used Vanilla Pods to flavor their chocolate drink 'Xoco-latl'. Vanilla was introduced to Europe, and French started to grow it in Africa. Vanilla Pods are picked green when they have no scent. The lengthy curing process, which develops fragrant aroma, is one reason for its high cost. Vanilla was believed to be a tonic for the brain. They need a large pot and support for climbing. If really happy, Vanilla planifolia can exceed 100 feet in length in just a few years. They flower only when mature, which takes a few years. Propagated generally by cutting. Plant becomes Epiphytic with age. Water freely, less water in winter.