Vanda Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossom Vanda Orchid

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Description

X Ascofinetia ‘Cherry Blossom’ displays its quarter sized purple flowers horizontally along the branch of the tree. The ‘x’ in front of the genus identifies this as a hybrid between two different genera. The female seed parent,Ascocentrum ampullaceum, is a native of Thailand and surrounding countries whereas the male pollen parent, Neofinetia falcata (known as the rich and noble orchid), is native to southern Japan. This cross has been repeated a number of times producing offspring with flowers ranging from pink through purple.

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
Horizontal
Exposure
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Bloom Time
January - February
Bloom Color
Pink, Purple
Landscape Use
Specimen Plant
Plant Type
EPIP
Hardiness Zone
10 - 12