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Why Vandas?

This is a discussion on Why Vandas? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Outside of the crazy roots they display,what is another reason to get a Vanda? The ...

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    Outside of the crazy roots they display,what is another reason to get a Vanda? The flowers to me don't look much different than a Phal, am I missing something? Seems like a lot of care is needed for an orchid with a flower very similar to a Phal that is easier to care for. I have nothing against Vandas just trying to understand the allure (actually may get one).

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    They typically have much larger flowers and can display different coloration. The cultural differences can present a challenge, but the challenge itself is often reason enough!
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    i like that i can put them outside for 3/4 of the year, and a few all year. they are bigger, and have a very tropical exotic look to the plant, not just the flower. i grow them in pots, so the roots are not that obnoxious. so far. some of them are fragrant. and have you not seen vanda coerulea????????? the vanda family has a good variety of shapes and sizes, and colors, all sorts of hybrids and some bloom a few times a year.

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    I thought the same thing at first, honestly. I didn't get all the hoopla over them...but they eventually became my favorite orchids. The flowers are similar to Phals (I think the two are related, if I'm not mistaken?) but as mentioned, they're much larger flowers and come in more vibrant colors. Like coeruleo said, they're very exotic looking even when not in bloom. I also kind of consider them a gold standard for lighting - if I can bloom a Vanda, then I can bloom anything. Vandaceous orchids require more light than any other genre. The challenge they present also makes them more fun and I personally appreciate them more because of it. That being said, I do tend to glare at mine a lot...the things are incredibly slow and frustrating for an impatient person such as myself.

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    Yea my patients is not great either. You live in Houston like me so light should not be an issue. I went to the orchid store over in midtown and she has a huge Vanda that is about to bloom. I want one (I think) but I travel for work so would not be able to water when away so don't know if I can keep it alive under those circumstances. The coeruleo is what comes to mind when ever I imagine a Vanda so I tend to think that is the only color/form readily available.

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    Yea my patients is not great either. You live in Houston like me so light should not be an issue. I went to the orchid store over in midtown and she has a huge Vanda that is about to bloom. I want one (I think) but I travel for work so would not be able to water when away so don't know if I can keep it alive under those circumstances. The coeruleo is what comes to mind when ever I imagine a Vanda so I tend to think that is the only color/form readily available.
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    That is already on my calendar for next week as my DIY project for my current orchids. Will the mister be enough when I am away for a Vanda?

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    Depends on your setup I suppose...I dont have a vanda but my mounted bulbos and dends are ok with the mister. I have a timer that allows four regulated start times per day.
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    Why Vandas etc, in the right conditions, hang up, water, feed, plenty of light, admire the flowers. Nothing else to do.

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    I agree with much of the above. I would like to reiterate that vandaceous hybrids are much more diverse than Phals overall by color, form, texture, presentation, and most are substantially waxy. Vandaceous hybrids include many many genera, including Phals, although Phals are genetically pretty far from many of the popularly hybridized Vanda allied genera. Many hybrids bloom 2-4 times per year. And some of those can be in bloom almost all year round.

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