Wanda is an epiphytic monopodial plant, which consists of a dense stem and thick roots, reaching a length of up to 2200 cm! On peduncles formed from 2 to 15 flowers. Most often at the same time can bloom from 1 to 4 peduncles. Flowers of this species have the same peculiarity - when blooming, they are small and pale, and after a while (about 3 days) they grow in size and become saturated in color.
The Wanda orchid family includes more than 50 types of flowers. The homeland of this plant is the subtropical and tropical forests of Asia, Australia and South America, where a humid temperate climate prevails. Most often, these orchids are very large, with well developed aerial roots. The color of flowers is rich and bright, of almost all shades, besides they have a wonderful aroma.
Orchid Vanda: photo
Orchid Vanda: care
At home, blue vandas, tricolor vandas, and vandas are most commonly grown. When caring for such an orchid is necessary consistency. This plant loves warmth, the most favorable temperature for it is 22-25 degrees. Light should be enough, but direct sunlight should be avoided. Another prerequisite is air circulation in the room, if this rule is not observed, the plant roots will start to rot.
In order for wanda to blossom, it is necessary to withstand the mandatory difference between day and night temperatures of 3-5 degrees.
Since this plant is epiphytic, it needs a substrate that allows air to flow to the roots and prevents stagnant fluids. A mixture of moss, bark, sand and expanded clay is suitable as a soil. Garden land can not be used in any case! Ready soil can be purchased at the hardware store. A net, a basket, a wicker pot, can be used as a growing container, but if you have good soil, you can grow a vanda in a simple ceramic pot.
Watering the plant should be soft water, the moisture should not stagnate, otherwise the roots of the plant will start to be affected by rot. During the flowering period, the orchid needs more frequent watering, and in the winter, their number should be reduced. Not bad to arrange a bathing plant, watering it from a warm shallow shower. Feed the vanda need in the period of active growth and flowering. Fertilizer should be diluted in water and water it with this solution 1 time in 2 weeks.
To multiply this plant at home can be a vegetative way, in which the vanda must be divided into parts. You can also propagate its lateral shoots and apical petioles. The prepared part of the plant should be planted in a substrate and placed in a warm place. It is impossible to water it, but it is necessary to spray it with water every day, until the cutting has taken root.
If we talk about diseases, mostly this flower affects fungal diseases. Fungi fall through the wound on the roots and stems. To prevent such danger and recover after transportation, it is necessary to remove all broken and dry parts of the roots. If the conditions of the plant were not observed sufficiently, then pathogenic manifestations can be noticed - yellowing of leaves, their falling off. Cutting the affected areas will help in this case, and the place of the cut itself should be smeared with iodine or brilliant green. To resuscitate a vanda, it must be maintained at a temperature of 20-25 degrees without access to direct sunlight.