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Vanda Orchid - Tokyo Blue


Vanda Orchid - Tokyo Blue

My first Vanda Orchid....
I will keep it in a vase for a while then I want to hang it near my window.



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Lovely shapes!

21 Dec, 2011

 

Alex - I'm soooo jealous!

21 Dec, 2011

amy
Amy
 

Don't tell me you haven't got one Meanie " I don't believe it " :o)
Lucky you Alex !

21 Dec, 2011

 

I nearly bought one a couple of months ago Amy as it was reduced to £20. Instead I left with two 2metre tall Clianthus and a Bletilla orchid for a total of £9.00!

21 Dec, 2011

 

Very nice photo Alex

21 Dec, 2011

amy
Amy
 

That sounds like a good deal Meanie , gosh they are tall I shall have to look them up .....

21 Dec, 2011

 

Thanks Lulu, Meanie, Amy and Pimpernel.

If this plant does well I want to buy a few more and hang them along my window...

22 Dec, 2011

 

Not that easy to keep, Alex. At Kew they are grown in high humidity and are misted at least once a day.

24 Dec, 2011

 

That is the reason I kept putting off buying a Vanda Rbtkew. I decided I needed to give it a try after reading a few articles of people growing them successfully in their home. Wish me luck.

24 Dec, 2011

 

Good luck Alex...:0)

24 Dec, 2011

 

Alexandramou:

Merry Christmas! :>)

This orchid is pretty hardy. It's grown as far north as Santa Barbara, CA. outside (in shade to semi-shade, of course). Most likely it would be pretty hardy outside there.

25 Dec, 2011

 

Thank you Pimpernel....;o)))

25 Dec, 2011

 

Merry Christmas to you too Delonix. ;o)

I'm growing this orchid indoors now but I might take it outside during the summer....ooohhh and I have a lovely spot for it!!!

25 Dec, 2011

 

I had to google it Alex......it is stunning

25 Dec, 2011

 

It is stunning isn't it Pimpernel!!!
I'm hoping to collect them....I love the way they look with their roots hanging down!

25 Dec, 2011

 

Alexandramou:

Is this a very commonly sold orchid there, like here in San Diego?

26 Dec, 2011

 

Lol lol lol....you are a funny lad Delonix.

This one came from France.

I haven't seen these for sale, not that I really looked. I don't have the patience to start looking all over Corfu to find a Vanda orchid and then pay an arm and a leg for it!

26 Dec, 2011

 

Alex:

There is a picture of a Vanda in bloom that you might like on my tropical orchid blog of last August.

26 Dec, 2011

 

I'm sure I've seen it Rbtkew and loved it....I look at all your blogs.
I will go back and have another look now and day dream of what mine will look like!!! (Positive thinking over here!)

26 Dec, 2011

 

Alexandramou:

That's funny! It's too bad it's not a commonly available orchid for sale, there. However, it's not funny that it would cost an arm and a leg! I don't want to say how inexpensive they are to buy here in San Diego (it would be mean!).

28 Dec, 2011

 

OK, be mean....how inexpensive? What size plant? Mine is small....I hope I don't have to wait many years before I see flowers!!
I want to hang it in front of my window but I need to find the right type of basket for it...
I saw a picture of six Vanda's hanging in front of someones window....oh what a sight!!!

28 Dec, 2011

 

Be brave Alex - how much did YOU have to pay?!
Thirty to forty pounds is the norm over here................

28 Dec, 2011

 

Woa Meanie....that is a lot! I payed 7.65pound, I thought that was a bargain!!! But I might have to wait a few year to see it bloom??? There is this spotted one I really want but I have to see how well this one does. I spray the roots with water once a day and soak them once a week.

28 Dec, 2011

 

Deffo a bargain!

I've waited seven years for the first flower on my Strelitzia, so it won't hurt you to wait!!!

28 Dec, 2011

 

I'm still waiting for my Strelitzia to bloom and it's been seven years. (I thought I had a flower spike this week...still not sure if it's a leaf or a spike?!?!?!)

28 Dec, 2011

 

Fingers crossed then!

28 Dec, 2011

 

OH MY GOD!!!!! Those are really high prices for a Vanda orchid!!! They run any between $6.00 - $25.00 here...depending on variety.

I saw some Vanda 'Tokyo' in bloom for sale at Trader Joe's for $6.95. I should have taken photos, however, the store was super crowded with Christmas shoppers. Also, the orchids were much larger than the posted orchid above.

28 Dec, 2011

 

Crikey - rub it in!

To be fair, the ones that I saw were in bloom! But any muppet can buy one in bloom, the fun is getting them to bloom yourself...............

28 Dec, 2011

 

Meanie:

Of course! You know me! lol! :>)

Orchids here are only sold in bloom or blooming. Very rarely do they sell them out of bloom. Sometimes orchids out of bloom will be deeply discounted or most likely thrown in the trash (I know it's a shame!).

I've never been able to bloom an orchid indoors...you've definitely got one on me. Mine will only bloom if left outdoors in semi-shade or filtered sun.

29 Dec, 2011

 

Thrown in the trash!!! That is terrible! They should give them away at least....they could send them to me (or Meanie).

29 Dec, 2011

 

Delonix - not aimed at you, just a general comment......

I would have thought that it would be a struggle to bloom yours indoors - to hot or too dry (with air con on). Many orchids over here blast their buds when they are bought because they've been kept in stores with air conditioning. So I now buy mostly from the bargain bin - it makes it a bit of a gamble as far as colours go, but if I dislike them I just give them away............

29 Dec, 2011

 

Alexandramou:

Well, orchids are so common here...it's not an issue to throw them away. Also, when a store throws them in the trash they can write the loss off on their taxes.

30 Dec, 2011

 

Meanie:

Many people can bloom orchids indoors...I can't.

Orchids are very picky, the must have very good air circulation. This is why I only allow my orchids indoors when they are blooming.

30 Dec, 2011

 

Blooming them is often just a matter of moving them around until you get it right. I struggle with the Oncidium alliance, but finally have one in bud.

30 Dec, 2011

 

Meanie:

Yes, very true! Oncidium alliance is the easiest on for me to bloom...it tends to like some full sun outside.

30 Dec, 2011



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