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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.

Vanda orchid is a type of orchid plants having almost 50 species. It is among one of the most loved and popular type of orchids because Vanda orchids are not only stunning and beautiful but also very easy to take care of. Most of the orchid flowers require special care but Vanda orchids are not demanding at all but despite of this fact, they need proper care and handling. Here in this article, I am going to give you some instructions regarding taking care of Vanda orchids.

Useful Tips

  • First of all, you have to consider about watering the Vanda orchids. You are required to water these orchids after every four to thirteen days. Watering Vanda orchids also depends on the weather conditions. They are required to be watered more often in summer and, of course, less frequently in winter season.
  • While considering about watering these orchids, keep in mind that orchids should be dry before watering again.
  • The next important factor which needs special care is that Vanda orchids also require humidity. In order to raise the level of humidity, you are required to spray Vanda orchids with cool water. You can do so by using a spraying bottle. Providing Vanda orchids with proper level of humidity is very important, especially during summer season or in winter season if you are providing them with heat.
  • Replanting these orchids is also very important for their healthy growth. To increase their blooming performance, you can replant them after a year or two but make sure to follow the correct method of replanting. For repotting, choose a container with good drainage. It should be two inches larger than the older pot. Now remove the plant gently from the older pot along with removing all the old bark from roots. Now place the plant in the new pot making sure that its roots are evenly spread in the pot. Also remember that the new pot should be partially filled with orchid charcoal and bark before placing the plant into it.
  • After placing the plant in the new pot, add more of orchid planting mix around the roots of plant, then water it properly and drain.
  • When it comes to cutting the leaves, you need to be very careful. Only dead and yellow leaves should be cut off when they are withered. If you cut the leaves only because they are damaged and not dead completely then it may cause to spread the disease on the plant and the root system will also be damaged.
  • Before cutting the bloom and bloom stem, make sure that they have died on their own. Doing so will help orchids to draw back their energy into plant for next blooms.

These were some useful tips and instructions that must be followed for taking care of Vanda orchids in a proper way.