"Vivacious" Vanda Orchid - Miss Joaquim

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"Vivacious" Vanda Orchid - Miss Joaquim

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I'm a hybrid cross made about 1890 by a Mr. Joaquim of Singapore and named for his daughter Agnes. I was brought to Hawaii around 1930 but did not become world famous until 1946 when I was marketed in the U.S. I was first used as a lei flower in 1938 and eventually became very popular. Hilo and Puna districts of the Big Island of Hawaii, are main centers of commercially grown vandas. I have light lavender petals and a dark lavender lip and I last and last and last.​

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How to grow the Vanda:

Pot in coarse chunks of fir or redwood bark mixed with large perlite and hardwood charcoal for drainage. The Strap Leaf Vanda grows nicely with diffused sun or under broad-spectrum fluorescent tube lighting. Mature vandas do best in a greenhouse and outdoors in full sun during the summer in temperate climates.  Its preferred humidity level is between 60% and 70%. It flourishes in temperatures in the 65℉ to 70℉ range at night, and during the day, it can take some pretty high heat. However, if the day temperature is over 90℉, keep the humidity high. Fertilize it when you observe it making new leaves. Use a timed release 14-14-14 fertilizer for good results. Also, occasional applications of water-soluble fertilizers diluted to half strength work well.