Vanda: care of the plant
Vandas do very well at normal room temperatures, between 18 and 27 degrees Celsius. At the right temperature and plenty of light, the plant will actively grow all year round.
To bloom, a Vanda orchid needs a lot of light. Avoid direct sunlight in the summer: the leaves of the plant turn pale and light green. Leaves can also shrivel. Too little light will cause the leaves to turn dark green. The plant will then no longer bloom. When the flower is opened, it still has to change color.
Extra light in the flowering stage ensures a beautiful bright flower colour.
After ten days, the flowers have grown to their full size.
Fill the vase with water twice a week during sunny, warm periods. In cloudy and cool periods this only needs to be done once a week.
When filling the vase with water, the roots absorb the water like a sponge. After about thirty minutes, no more air bubbles appear and the roots are saturated. Then remove the remaining water from the vase. The plant has now stored enough water in the roots for a few days.
Use a regular, balanced fertilizer for the Vanda. This is available at a florist or garden center. Add the fertilizer to the water once a month.
When the flowers have finished blooming, the flower branch can be cut out. After a few months, depending on the amount of daylight available, a new branch will appear. Put the plant away in a cool place for a few weeks to promote reblooming. This place should never be colder than 15 degrees Celsius.
In the meantime, the Vanda must receive normal water: the plant does not have a rest period like other orchid species. It is not necessary to put it away in the dark: leave the plant in a light place.