Fun Flower Facts: Vanda Orchid

Vanda Orchid

Photo Credit: Flickr user, orchidgalore

Vanda or Vanda Orchid is a highly prized orchid valued for its large, fragrant, and long lasting flowers that come in many rich and vibrant colours, including blue, red, pink and yellow. Flowers grow to be 1-4 inches in diameter. The flower spikes will typically carry 8-10 blooms and arise from the base of the leaves. Leaves are typically flat, broad and strap-like, while some are fleshy (succulent-like). Vanda orchids are monopodial plants, which means they have a single stem and grow from the tip or the crown of the plant.

It is native to tropical climates in India, Thailand, New Guinea, the Philippines and other parts of Southeast Asia. Known as “air plants,” vandas do not need soil to grow. In fact, potting these beauties in soil would cause the roots to rot. In the wild, they grow on trees with their roots hanging loose in the air or wrapped around a tree. The roots are sponge-like and will absorb water quickly.

And just like the moth orchid, the vanda orchid would make a beautiful, long lasting houseplant! It can be  grown either in a pot or in a hanging basket with fir bark. The average flowering period for vandas is 6 to 8 weeks. Newer hybrids will bloom several times a year!  As a tropical plant, vandas do best in warm, humid environments. Misting the flowers frequently will help increase the humidity.  Water at least once or twice a week, more often in the summer months. Give the orchid plenty of bright, but indirect light.As well, be sure to fertilize regularly, as these orchids are heavy feeders.

Vanda orchid

Photo Credit: Flickr user, Amanda Richards

Fun Flower Facts about the Vanda Orchid:

  • The Vanda was first discovered in 1613 by Alvin Semedo.
  • The name Vanda came from the Sanskrit word for orchid.
  • Vanda Miss Joaquim is the national flower of Singapore.
  • Vanda coerulea (Blue Orchid), which produces spectacular blue flowers, is considered a rare and endangered species. It is illegal to uproot these flowers from the wild.

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About Connor Lowry

I love flowers! I enjoy writing about them as well as gardening. Mostly I love finding new and unique flower gardening ideas I encourage you to post regularly on this blog, and send in guest blogs or ideas for new blogs as well. New and exciting blogs are always welcome I intend to post a lot of interesting facts and fun stuff about flowers, as well as info on many varieties of flowers.
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5 Responses to Fun Flower Facts: Vanda Orchid

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  2. angela says:

    I have a rare blue vanda. I got it as a gift and I’m just woundering how should I care for it. I think the blossoms are getting close to the end of their prime and I heard you need to cut the steams short when the blossoms die. How short should I cut the steam? My vanda is an indoor plant and I don’t know if its getting enough light. I live In Colorado and its the beginning of november. I really don’t want to kill it so any thing will help.


  3. silver price says:

    as it is fondly thought of. All these orchid species are totally tropical. The Vanda orchids are no more difficult to grow than other orchids, but they do have special cultural needs if you want to bring out the best in this orchid species. The Vanda orchids originated from the warm islands of the South Pacific. Places like Malaysia, Thailand, Borneo and the Philippines are home, natural home, to these orchid species. These sympodial epiphytic orchids prefer full sun exposure and thus like bright light, warm temperatures, and lots of humidity. They have long, trailing roots that draw moisture and nutrients from the atmosphere. The Vanda orchid, or the Vandaceous orchid to give its proper name, has become so popular since they are an excellent orchid species that lends itself to hybridization with several other orchid species. It has been used in so many successful hybridizations. Any mention of the Vanda orchid is not complete without mentioning the Vanda sanderiana (also known as the Euanthe sanderiana). This is a truly beautiful orchid that bears bright pink and maroon orchid flowers that have spectacularly long-lasting characteristics. Another spectacular example of the Vanda orchid hybridization is the Vanda Rothschildiana x Vanda Coerulea, which is possibly the bluest of all orchid flowers with heavy contrasts of white. The orchid flowers itself are saucer-sized, flat blooms with an extremely heavy substance and a crystalline texture that glistens in the light.


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