Vanda Pedro Bonetti

Pedro Bonetti Vanda Orchid

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This orchid produces up to a dozen 4-inch flowers bloom in a blend of orange, yellow, red, and coral with brownish spots on the Pedro Bonetti vanda orchid (X Ascocenda Pedro Bonetti). The upright pseudobulb is canelike and produces aerial roots along the stalk to anchor it to surrounding objects and vegetation. This orchid requires temperatures above 65 degrees Fahrenheit, full sun, high humidity, and an exceptionally well-drained soil medium that receives water frequently.

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.

Plant Shape
Full Sun
Bloom Time
January - February, March - April, September - October
Bloom Color
Red, Orange, Salmon, Yellow
Landscape Use
Bedding or Border
Plant Type
Hardiness Zone
10 - 13