Vanda pumila – 365 days of orchids – day 1308

We have several smaller Vanda species and this one has very long lasting fragrant waxy flowers. We have seen Vanda pumila in Sikkim, growing on roadside trees at around 300-500m altitude alongside Vanda ampulacea. It grows in exposed positions in good light and survives the dry season (winter) with its thick leaves and abundant fleshy roots. The climate is hot wet summers with dryer, cooler winters and we replicate this by moving the species  around the greenhouse with the seasons. (see our culture page on growing warm asian orchids for more details)

For most of the year it hangs mounted in our Warm Asia Section (Min 17C) – where it is flowering now – but in January and February we will move it to hang high in the roof of our Cool Americas Section (Min 12C)

The flowers have just opened and are a green/yellow with red markings, but the flowers will soon fade to a cream colour as shown by last year’s flower (below) on the same plant.


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