Vandas do very well at normal room temperatures, between 18 and 27 degrees Celsius. With the right temperature and a lot of light, the plant will grow actively all year round.
A Vanda orchid needs a lot of light to flower. Avoid direct sunlight in the summer: this will cause the leaves of the plant to turn faded 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 opening the flower, it still has to come to color.
Extra light in the flowering stage ensures a beautiful bright flower color.
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 is only necessary 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 number of 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 flowering, the flower branch can be cut out. After a few months, depending on the amount of daylight present, a new branch will appear. Place the plant in a cool place for a few weeks to encourage reflowering. This place should never be colder than 15 degrees Celsius.
In the meantime, the Vanda must be watered normally: 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.
Vanda, The jewel among orchids.