Ascocendas and Vandas
Ascocendas and Vandas originate from South East Asia. These plants are a delight and passion for many orchid lovers. Ascocendas are the mini versions of the mighty Vanda. It is said that these are difficult to cultivate, but get their climatic conditions correct and you are away. Warm humidity, frequent showers, the occasional feed, a bright and sunny aspect, not direct sun, and good ventilation: in fact you do need a greenhouse unless you live in a suitable climate. Hence, a hand spray or a gentle hose and somewhere to hang these most generous of plants, is all that is required.
They come in infinate colour varieties, with more and more varieties reaching the market each year. New hybrids such as Mimi Palmer are delightfully scented and come in a amazing varieties of colours.
These orchids are epiphytic which means that they cling to tree bark and take their nourishment from their surrounding environment. As these plants come from Asia, a minimum temperature is required. No lower than 10 degrees centigrade and avoid mid-day sun and temperatures above 35 degrees.
Ascocendas and Vandas are hideously priced in nurseries.
The cattleya group is known for large, showy and sometimes fragrant flowers. Some of the most beautiful in cultivation are cattleyas, with huge flowers that can measure 8 inches across and come in a wide variety of colors and patterns. In the wild, there are several dozen species of cattleya, but it's unlikely you'll find any of these at local garden centers. Because of their ease of growth and sheer beauty, cattleyas are the most hybridized of all orchids, and there are thousands.
The cattleya orchids like bright light and will not flower without plenty of light. They can even be acclimated to some direct sunlight, although you should avoid direct summer sunlight. In the right light conditions, the leaves are apple green. Darker leaves can indicate too little light, while yellow or brown can indicate too much direct sunlight.
Cattleya are sympodial orchids that grow from an underground rhizome. They typically send up new pseudobulbs in the spring. Water heavily during the growing season, but do not allow them to sit in water. Cut water back when the flowers begin to emerge from their sheaths--water in these sheaths will rot the immature flowers. A well-watered cattleya will have fat lead pseudobulbs.
During the growing season, fertilize with a weak orchid fertiliser weekly (weakly weekly, as the growers say).
During the rest period, fertilize every other week.
We offer young plants, that should bloom in the next 12 months for 10.50 euros, per plant. Post and packaging not included.