Tips to Grow Vanda Orchids in Pots
Posted August 15, 2011on:
Do you want to grow Vanda orchids in pots? If yes then you must know that secret of successful growing of Vanda orchids in pot lies in the care of its roots. I have also grown Vanda orchids in pots. It seems complex but with some care and by following some tips, it becomes simple and easy. Here are these tips:
- Before bringing a Vanda orchid to your home, make sure that the plant is healthy and is not suffering from any visible problem like withered or discolored leaves and flowers.
- Now you will shift Vanda orchid plant from container to your own clay pot. Fill your clay pot with large chunks of fir bark. Fir bark is needed to add in larger chunks as these chunks support potted orchid plants. As I mentioned earlier, roots of Vanda orchids grow outside container so if you see some roots outside existing container, spray them with water before putting plant in new pot. Misting the roots will make them more flexible and will save them from damaging while putting plant in new pot.
- After doing this, you will now require choosing a suitable location for placing this pot. Vanda orchid pot should be placed in a moist location where it can receive air circulation as well as a lot of light. If you don’t know how much light Vanda orchid should have, you can see the leaves which indicate this fact by changing their appearance. If leaves become droopy, it indicates that Vanda orchid need more light. On the other hand, if leaves become red, it indicates that plant is receiving too much of light.
- You will also require maintaining the humidity level in the location where your pot is located. Humidity level should be kept at 80% and for this, you can use a humidifier. If you don’t have a humidifier, place potted plant on a tray filled with water and sand in equal parts. Continue replacing water in tray as it evaporates and measure accurate humidity level with a humidity meter.
- Potted Vanda orchid should be watered daily in a way that medium soaks completely but medium should be dried in between two watering. During warmer weather conditions, water potted Vanda orchids more frequently as compared to that in cooler season.
- Make sure that day time temperature does not exceed 95 degrees F and night temperature should be maintained between 60 and 70 degrees F.
- Potted Vanda orchids will need to be fertilized once a week in summer but in winter fertilize once every two weeks. You can use all-purpose house plant fertilizer for this purpose. As far as amount of fertilizer is concerned, use 1/4th of amount suggested for houseplants.
These were some tips which are needed to follow to grow Vanda orchids in pots. Fulfill these requirements and have beautiful blue, red and yellow Vanda orchids in your home.