Vanda (VAN-duh) or Ascocentrum (as-koh-SEN-trim)
are large plants that need full sun. Ascocentrums are smaller,
need a little less sun. These come in blues, purples, whites, reds,
oranges, and yellows.
- These need sun, warmth, and high humidity.
- Provide lots of water and fertilizer. In the
summer, Vandas need to be watered daily.
- Give them less water and fertilizer during winter dormancy.
- Both kinds dislike repotting, and are often grown
bare-root, without potting material. They can also be grown
in small hanging baskets with their roots hanging out in the air.
Vandas and Ascocentrums can be crossbred with closely related orchids
to create hybrids. Hybrid plants combine the best qualities of both
parents, and some can survive poor growing conditions or
neglect. This "hybrid durability" makes them great choices
for beginning orchid growers. Vanda hybrids include:
Ascocentrum x Vanda, abbreviated Ascda.
Arachnis x Ascocentrum x Vanda, abbreviated Mkra.
Ascocentrum x Rhynchostylis, abbreviated Rhctm.
Rhynchocentrum x Vanda, abbreviated Rhv.
Vanda x Ascocentrum x Rhynchostylis, abbreviated Vasco.
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