Vanda Brighton's Best

Brighton's Best Vanda Orchid

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Description

Large pure yellow flowers are produced on a spike near the growing tip of this orchid that thrives in full sun and hot, humid conditions. Aerial roots near the base of the stem attach to surrounding objects to support the upright stem.

The orchid family consists of a large number of genera, each with its own unique characteristics. A common characteristic, however, is the basic form of the flower, which consists of three petals surrounded by three sepals -- often in dramatic and contrasting colors and in a variety of shapes and sizes. Although some orchids are native to temperate zones, most orchids tend to prefer a semi-tropical or tropical environment (USDA Zones 9-11) and have epiphytic roots -- meaning they derive moisture and nutrients from the air and support from another plant; few orchids grow in soil. Orchids usually prefer a diurnal temperature fluctuation -- meaning warmer days and cooler nights -- though the absolute temperature range (cool, intermediate or warm) varies by genus and is consistent with their natural habitat. While requiring adequate sunlight for a stunning bloom display, most orchids will not tolerate sustained direct sun.

Many varieties have pseudobulbs, a portion of the stem between leaf nodes that stores water to help sustain the plant through dry periods. Other varieties are monopodial, meaning upward growth is from a single growing point.

There is an exception to almost every general statement one can make about orchids. The family continues to challenge taxonomists.

Soil
Moist
Plant Shape
Upright
Exposure
Full Sun
Bloom Time
January - February, March - April
Bloom Color
Yellow
Landscape Use
Bedding or Border
Wildlife Interest
Attracts Butterflies
Plant Type
EPIP
Hardiness Zone
10 - 13