Wanda — care at home
Among the popular orchids several species belong to the genus Vanda, which is common in Asia and Australia.
These plants have large size, high escape, growing mostly up, and beautiful flowers, which depending on species can be pink, white and others.
With proper care these orchids bloom at least 2 times a year.
Location and lighting
These flowers belong to the light. Therefore, the best place for them – South, South-East or South-West window. But Orchid is not received burns in the noon its better a little obscure.
The optimum daylength of 12 to 15 hours to in the winter time to provide her with such conditions, it is desirable to make additional artificial lighting.
If the plant for a long time in the shade, it blooms worse.
In the summer orchids suitable temperature is +20-25°C and in winter – about +16°C. «Vanda blue» better winters when the temperature is +14°C. the Plant does not like sudden temperature changes.
Watering and humidity
In the absence of a dormant period to flower needs regular watering moderately abundant all year round. But to stagnate in the pot, the moisture needs to ensure that the soil has time to dry.
Periodically watering is better to omit the pot with a flower in a basin for 20 minutes.
Optimal humidity – 60-70%, as dry air leads to drying and fall of leaves and buds.
The leaves are sprayed daily with a spray bottle, and on hot summer days and during the heating season the pot is placed on a tray of wet gravel.
Moisture reduction is necessary only if cold temperatures in the winter.
Weekly summer fed a special fertilizer for orchids in the winter and do it every month, otherwise the flowering will be less intense.
The excess of fertilizer can cause excessive growth and weakening the plant.
Transplantation and propagation
Repot the Orchid in spring, when it is needed, making sure that the transplant process was corrupted roots.
Wanda propagated by tip cuttings. For this purpose, the side shoots which have aerial roots, separated the ripe tops. For grafting these shoots are suitable about a year.
They are planted in a mixture of moss-sphagnum and roots of ferns. After planting the cuttings watered, then a couple of months carried out a rare watering.
Pests and fight with them
Wanda has dense leaves, so is being attacked by pests rarely. Sometimes there is mealy bug or scale.
In this case, the leaves are wiped with a swab dipped in soap or an alcohol solution and sprayed with Malathion.