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Vanda coerulescens

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by pcolman, Feb 3, 2020.

  1. pcolman

    pcolman Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    A nice relatively compact growing Vanda species with inconveniently long spikes, at least for growing under lights. The longest spike is 2½' feet long, and the weight of 40 or so flowers on it pull it downwards enough that it would be partially lying on some other plants, so I added support. The flowers are about 1¼" wide and have no discernible fragrance, day or night. This appears to vary, because some people say theirs are fragrant, others not.

    I've had this plant since summer 2018. It put out several spikes that year, but all blasted at the point where buds began to differentiate. I think it wasn't fully acclimated yet. It's grown a lot of roots and one more keiki opposite the longest spike. Six spikes now, though one is quite small and not really visible in this photo. About 100 buds/flowers. They are long lasting—the first few opened about a month and a half ago.

    This thing is a pain to photograph. Having to find somewhere to hang it, light it, and wait for it to stop moving around makes photography less than simple.

    Intermediate temps, bright light (but definitely does not need full sun like a lot of Vandas). I water most days, but not always.

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    Last edited: Feb 3, 2020
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  2. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Santa Rosa, CA
    Beautifully bloomed!
  3. Arne

    Arne Active Member

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    Baltimore, Maryland
    Great looking flower cascade.

    I have Vanda testacea x tessellata where any flower stem aborts in very early spring. My guess is that the temperature simply is too low during the day. Any flower stem developing from May on is fine.
  4. xmpraedicta

    xmpraedicta Prairie angraecoid nut Supporting Member

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    Saskatoon, SK
    That's outstanding. If I recall your grow setup accurately, I'm incredibly curious how you manage to fit this beauty in there!