The orchid vanda

How to irrigate

The Vanda orchid is an epiphytic plant, that is, it manages to live by growing its roots on the branches of other plants. However, if it is grown alone, it needs frequent irrigation both at the root level and when it comes to the crown. If the Vanda orchid is grown in suspended baskets, it is good that the irrigations are daily during the summer-spring period. In winter, the plant should be watered with more moderation and carefully checking the roots. If they are still damp, it is not recommended to proceed with irrigation to avoid causing root rot (one of the main causes of plant death). Usually, it is good to proceed with wetting during the first hours of the day in order to allow the Vanda orchid to absorb the water during the day.

How to cure it

The Vanda orchid is a plant that needs a lot of light. It is good that he can enjoy sunlight for at least 6 hours a day. Poor lighting results in a lack of flowering or very little flowering. As for temperatures, the plant needs a rather warm climate and cannot resist in environments where the temperature drops below 12 ° C. Furthermore, the Vanda orchid is absolutely not resistant to atmospheric agents and is easily weakened by winds, even the less intense ones. The plant does not like the repotting process, so this procedure should only be done when strictly necessary (i.e. when the plant has developed too much compared to the size of the initial container).

How to fertilize

During the spring-summer period (the one of greatest growth), the Vanda orchid needs to be fertilized about once a week. In winter it is possible to reduce the frequency of fertilization and proceed once every 2 weeks. Generally, fertilizers are used that contain equal doses of the three basic chemicals: nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. It is important to avoid fertilizers with a higher nitrogen content which would only tend to inhibit flowering. About once a week it is good to irrigate the plant more to remove possible excess mineral salts. Once a month it is also recommended to use a fertilizer that contains higher doses of potassium, useful for the flowering of the Vanda orchid. The fertilization regime must be regularly respected.

The vanda orchid: Diseases and cures

Most diseases of the Vanda orchid are mainly caused by poor cultivation. For example, excessive watering leads to the development of root rot which could also lead to the death of the plant. Furthermore, if the Vanda orchid were placed in a location with excessive ventilation, it would risk damaging its branches. Bad lighting usually leads to a lack of flowering. As for the parasites, the plant can be attacked by the cochineal which can be found through brown spots on the underside of the leaves. This parasite can be eradicated by cleaning the infected parts with cotton balls soaked in alcohol. The plant can also be infested with aphids, or plant lice that will be eradicated by means of

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