tisdag 20 december 2011

Vanda insignis

Blume, Rumphia (1849)

ORIGIN/HABITAT: Indonesia and Timor. Plants are found at low altitude with little shade.

LIGHT: 37450-53500 lux (3500-5000 fc). Plants require bright light but may need some protection from direct midday sun. In the habitat there are heavy clouds that reduce the light. Some midday shading is appropriate for cultivated plants, especially in summer. Strong, continuous air movement makes healthier plants.

TEMPERATURES: The temperature is hot all year, 27-31C during the days, and nights average 23-24C.

HUMIDITY: 80-85% throughout the year.

WATER: Rainfall is moderate to heavy all year, but conditions are slightly drier in late spring and summer. Cultivated plants should be watered heavily while actively growing, but the roots should be able to dry fairly rapidly after watering.

FERTILIZER: Use 20-20-20 or 15-5-15 CAlMag. Recommended strength is 13ml / 10 liters of water, applied weekly when plants are actively growing. I use 1ml / 2 liter of water at every watering when plants are actively growing.

LEAVES: Up to 30 cm long an 2.5 cm wide.

INFLORESCENCE: 15-30 cm long.

FLOWERS: 4-7 per inflorescence. Flowers are waxy, long-lasting, strongly fragrant, and is 5.0-6.5 cm across and 5.0 cm high.

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