10 Best Types of Vanda Orchids to Grow at Home

Vanda orchids are one of the most commonly cultivated and hybridized genera of plants in the orchid family. Although they can be difficult to spot in their native habitats due to over-collection, they are easy to find in flower shops worldwide. Here, we’ll take you through 10 of the most popular types of Vanda orchids to grow at home plus learn the basics to grow and care for these beauties. 

10 Best Types of Vanda Orchids to Grow at Home

Here, we’ll take you through 10 of the most popular types of Vanda orchids to grow at home including their origins, history, and botanical characteristics. 

1. Vanda sanderiana (Waling-Waling or Sander’s Vanda)

Vanda sanderiana (Waling-Waling or Sander's Vanda)

The waling-waling orchid grows natively on the sides of dipterocarp trees in specific regions of the Philippines. They’re most commonly found in a pink variety that features deep, scarlet-colored speckles on the flower petals but they do also grow in a white variety, as well.

Although commonly cultivated in horticulture, the waling-waling orchid is very rarely found in nature because it has been overly collected. In the early 2000s, the Philippine government even attempted to get it listed as a second national flower to raise awareness.

2. Vanda miniata / Ascocentrum miniatum (Miniature Vanda)

Vanda miniata / Ascocentrum miniatum (Miniature Vanda)

Vanda miniata is native to Sumatra, the Phillippines, Java, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, and Assam.

The plant has two commonly seen scientific names because it was previously classified within the Ascocentrum genus, which has since been merged with the Vanda genus. This lovely orchid is fairly small at maturity. Fully grown plants can fit in the palm of an average-sized hand.

They feature the lush, green foliage that is mostly associated with orchids. Plus, they produce tall, upright racemes of fiery blossoms that range from bright yellow to orange to reddish-orange in color.

3. Vanda bensonii (Benson’s Vanda)

Vanda bensonii (Benson's Vanda)

Benson’s vanda grows natively in Myanmar, Thailand, and Assam, India. It features fragrant five-petaled flowers that are about 2 inches in diameter. Surrounding their white and light-purple centers, they have five yellow-colored petals that are heavily marked with reddish-brown speckles. When in bloom (usually during springtime), each inflorescence carries about 20 sweet-smelling flowers.

4. Vandopsis lissochiloides (Vandopsis)

Vandopsis lissochiloides (Vandopsis)

This orchid is most commonly found growing in the Phillippines but also natively in Thailand, Laos, and New Guinea. Despite its appearance, which closely resembles certain orchids from the Vanda genus, this orchid actually belongs to the Vandopsis genus and isn’t a true vanda orchid.

Despite its outlying taxonomy, Vandopsis lissochiloides is a beautiful specimen. Its blossoms feature thick, banana-peel-like, yellow petals with deep-red speckles and backsides that blush in a warm pink. The flowers are fragrant, long-lasting, and just wider than 2 inches in diameter.

5. Vanda coerulea (Blue Orchid, Blue Vanda, or Autumn Lady’s Tresses)

Vanda coerulea (Blue Orchid, Blue Vanda, or Autumn Lady's Tresses)

The blue vanda is the only orchid with natural, truly blue flowers ranging from a ghostly whitish blue or lavender to dusty violet to a deep, midnight shade of indigo.

Blue vanda orchids are were first discovered in Northeastern India, but they are also native to China, Thailand, and Myanmar. Like other species in the Vanda genus, blue orchids are rarely found in nature and the collecting of them from nature is prohibited.

These orchids also have a history of medical and cosmetic use. The juice of the flower has been used as eyedrops intended to treat a variety of ocular ailments including blindness, glaucoma, and cataracts. The essential oils of the blue vanda are also widely used in cosmetics, as they are believed to help diminish common signs of aging such as wrinkles, visible sun damage, and an uneven complexion.

6. Vanda tricolor (Tricolor Vanda)

Vanda tricolor (Tricolor Vanda)

Vanda tricolor is a strikingly attractive variety of vanda orchids. They produce lush, thick, cascading foliage that looks almost like a sturdy, upright palm frond. The plant eventually grows stick-like racemes from which beautiful flowers with 2 to 3-inch diameters sprout. The flowers are white in color with rust-red spots and a hot pink center.

Vanda tricolor is much more slow-growing compared to other orchids. Grown from seed, they can take years to produce their first blossoms. Vanda tricolor blossoms, however, are worth the long wait thanks to their beauty and unusually alluring fragrance that smells similar to grape-flavored candy.

7. Vanda Denisoniana (Denisoniana)

Vanda Denisoniana (Denisoniana)

The Vanda Denisoniana is a species of vanda orchid that grows natively in Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar, and China. It features bright, cheerful blossoms in sherbet shades that vary from buttery yellow to tangerine orange. Some varieties have speckles in similar hues and bright-white centers.

If the Vanda Denisoniana‘s orangesicle color palette isn’t enough to whet your appetite, the strong vanilla-like fragrance that the blossoms emit in the evenings will surely wake up your sweet tooth.

8. Vanda coerulescens (Coeurulescens Vanda)

Vanda coerulescens (Coeurulescens Vanda)

Native to India, the Vanda coerulescens in a naturally pink-colored orchid. Thanks to a recessive gene, however, they also blossom in shades of purple and blue!

This orchid features branching racemes of blue, pink, red, or purplish flowers that stretch out to be about 1 to 2 inches in diameter. Lilac-colored flowers feature a deeper, indigo-colored lip, and rosy pink flowers feature bright-red lips.

Blossoms that develop in late winter emit a strong, yet pleasing grape-like fragrance.

9. Vanda curvifolia / Ascocentrum curvifolium (Curvifolia Vanda)

Vanda curvifolia / Ascocentrum curvifolium (Curvifolia Vanda)

Vanda curvifolia has striking lance-shaped foliage from which heavy racemes of fiery flowers bloom. The blossoms are reddish-orange in color and accented by two bright yellow lobes.

Like the Vanda miniata, the Vanda curvifolia was previously classified into the now-defunct genus of orchids, Ascocentrum. These orchids are native to various regions across Southeast Asia including the Eastern Himalayas, Nepal, Assam in India, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, and Southern China.

10. Vanda flabellata (Fan-Shaped Vanda)

Vanda flabellata (Fan-Shaped Vanda)

Native to Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, and Yunnan in China, the Vanda flabellata is a compact species of orchid that’s perfect for growing in containers indoors. It comes in several varieties that feature different colors of flowers, speckles, and lips that blossom in shades of yellow, pink, and white.

The flowers of most Vanda flabellata varieties have fan-shaped ruffled lips, which is where the flower gets its designated species name “flabellata” which means fan-like.

Vanda Orchid FAQs: 

Do vanda orchids need sun?

Vanda orchids do need access to the sun and prefer partial shade to bright filtered sunlight throughout the day.

How do you take care of a vanda orchid?

Vanda orchids thrive best in warm, humid environments with access to bright filtered light throughout the majority of the day. Fertilize monthly during spring and summer and enjoy regular watering (though don’t oversaturate the soil).

How often should you water vanda orchids?

Vandas need lots of water and moisture to keep their potting medium consistently moist but never soggy – don’t let a vanda orchid sit in standing water!

On average, vanda orchids need to be watered once every 2 days during the growing season. In high temperatures and an arid climate, they might need to be watered twice a day. Reduce watering frequency to once per week during their winter dormancy.

How do I get my Vanda orchid to rebloom?

Vanda orchids need lots of bright indirect light to truly thrive and plenty of moisture and regular feed during the spring and summer months to rebloom.

How often do vanda orchids bloom?

Vanda Orchids typically bloom 2 or 3 times each year when grown in optimal environments.

Enjoy Your Beautiful Vanda Orchids!

Whether you’re growing orchids indoors or live in a climate that’s warm and humid enough to support growing orchids outdoors, you can never go wrong when you decide to add a vanda orchid to your collection of plants. What’s more, with a little care, orchids can live for many years to come.

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Andrew is the Editorial Director at Petal Republic. He holds a BSc degree in Plant Sciences and has trained professionally at leading floristry schools in London and Paris. In amongst overseeing a global editorial team, Andrew's a passionate content creator around all things flowers, floral design, gardening, and houseplants.

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