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Vanda hybrid

Discussion in 'Orchid Hybrids' started by KellyW, Sep 6, 2015.

  1. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    This is one of my oldest plants. The tag is long gone but I believe it is Vanda Gordon Dillon. I have cut the lower portion off of this plant at least twice.

    I've never documented the flowering frequency but it probably gives me at least 5 spikes per year and I am always impressed by the flower size.
    V Gordon Dillon-900.jpg
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    They are very handsome.
     
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    jai Orchid addict

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    Amazing blooms. I never tried vanda orchids are they hard to care for?
     
  4. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Not hard at all if you have the right conditions. Most want very bright light, warmth, frequent water with little or no medium. Some people use plastic "Vanda baskets", wood baskets or just suspended on a wire.
     
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    I always see them in baskets in pictures and videos I did not know they are easy to grow , I think I will try one from eBay or some where. What a good type?
     
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  6. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Jai, they can get very large. Mine is about 24"+ tall and the roots are at least another 24"+ below the basket. If your space is limited an Ascocentrum or a hybrid Ascocenda may be a better choice for you. The requirements are similar. There are lots of Ascocenda but check out Ascocenda Suksamran Sunlight. It has been very easy and floriforous for me and stays a manageable size.
     
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    Thank you;)
     
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    That is a beauty..I love the vivid purple. I don't have any vandas but have given some thought recently to getting just one to hang on my patio. I cant decide between Vanda tessellata or Vanda coerulea. I'm going to wait for the next orchid show next spring and try to buy one in bloom.
     
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    V coerulea is temperature tolerant. That might help you in deciding.

    Jai, I don't want to discourage you but, when Kelly says bright light it is more than a window could provide. Especially when discussing these large flower Vandas. I would suggest something with Vanda (Neofinetia) falcata behind it for size and light requirements.
     
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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Daniel, I have been considering V coerulea myself. Does it get huge or stay compact?
     
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    It's larger than coerulescens but not huge like, I don't know a tricolor?
     
  12. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Good to know. Thanks.
     
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    Vanda coerulea can bloom at 1 to 1.5 feet high and grows to about 3 feet before needing top cutting. They are also only 1 foot in total leafspan! I've grown several and they bloom in south windowsill. They also tolerate cold very well. I find them easy to grow and bloom in northern hemisphere. Try them!