one of the most mystical orchid varieties.
The number of different orchid species is estimated at 20,000. Among that great diversity are many exclusive genera, the Vanda being one of them.
The Vanda is an orchid found all over the world, from India and Sri Lanka to Northern Australia. The Vanda grows and blooms on trees. The roots hang loose in the air or are flung around the tree. In the year 1613 the Vanda was discovered by Alvin Semedo, who called it 'tiao hua', or: the 'air plant'. The aerial roots act like sponges and can quickly absorb a lot of moisture. In addition, these roots ensure that the Vanda remains firmly anchored to the tree on which it grows. So the Vanda does not need soil. In potting soil, the roots will rot.
The Vanda grows best in a light spot in a glass vase. The Vanda should receive as much light as possible, but no direct sunlight in the summer. Flowering lasts on average between 6 and 8 weeks.
It is important to water the Vanda at least twice a week in the summer. In the winter this only needs to be done once a week. Watering is done in the following way:
- Place the Vanda in a vase or bucket.
- Fill this vase or bucket with water and let the Vanda soak in it for about 30 minutes.
- The roots of the Vanda will absorb the water and slowly transfer it to the flowers and leaves.
The Vanda is naturally accustomed to high humidity. We often do not achieve this humidity in our living rooms. This can be imitated by regularly spraying the Vanda with a plant sprayer. The Vanda can use an extra watering, especially in winter.