Blue orchid (Vanda coerulea)

The Vanda coerulea is known as the blue orchid.

The plant world is very broad. Of all the beautiful flowers that inhabit this planet, Today we are going to talk about the Vanda coerulea. This plant is known for its beauty and for being a popular crop plant in the orchid industry. It is commonly used in floral arrangements and in the decoration of weddings and important events.

Despite being a widely cultivated plant both indoors and outdoors, it should be noted that it requires a large amount of sunlight and humidity for its proper development and flowering. It is important to mention that this plant needs special care in order to prosper and flourish. Its growth is slow and requires a large amount of nutrients, a humid environment, and good lighting. In this article we are going to talk about the necessary care to cultivate this beautiful plant, its meaning and its importance in South Korea, and also about when it blooms and the conditions necessary for the Vanda coerulea have a good development and flowering.

What is Vanda coerulea?

The Vanda coerulea is a species of epiphytic orchid

La Vanda coerulea, popularly known as the blue orchid, is a species of epiphytic orchid found in Southeast Asia, in countries such as Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and Myanmar. It is known for its beauty and for being a popular crop plant in the orchid industry. It is an orchid with long and thin stems, with lanceolate leaves about 15-30 cm long. The flowers are large, about 15 cm in diameter, pale to deep blue in color and develop in multi-flowered clusters.

This species is a epiphytic plant which grows on tree branches instead of on the ground. The Vanda coerulea It is cultivated both indoors and outdoors in temperate climates, and requires a large amount of sunlight and humidity for its proper development and flowering. Later we will comment on the care that this flower requires and when it blooms.

Where is the blue orchid found?

As we have already mentioned above, the Vanda coerulea It is native to Asia, mainly in countries like Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and Myanmar. It is found in humid montane forests, often in trees and shrubs, where it develops as an epiphyte. It is known to be cultivated in tropical and subtropical countries, where it has been introduced for its ornamental beauty. However, the species is also common in cultivation as a houseplant or greenhouse plant in temperate countries.

What does the blue orchid mean in South Korea?

Interestingly, this beautiful flower has special importance and meaning in South Korea. There, the blue orchid is considered a symbol of purity, elegance and sophistication. For this reason, it is not surprising that it is often used in floral arrangements and in the decoration of weddings and important events. It is also popular as a houseplant, given its beauty and its requirement for sunlight and moisture, which makes it difficult to grow but is valued for it.

In Korean culture, the orchid is also associated with development and growth, and is believed to have medicinal properties. The blue color of the flowers of the Vanda coerulea is considered especially significant and is related to the tranquility and serenity. In general, a great ornamental and symbolic value is given to this species, which is appreciated throughout the region.

Vanda coerulea care

Vanda coerulea has special significance in South Korea

Now that we know a little more about the blue orchid, let's see what care it requires for its correct cultivation. Since it is a tropical plant, we must provide specific care for it to prosper. Next we will comment on some of the essential care for this species:

  • Light: It needs plenty of direct sunlight to thrive, but it also needs protection from strong sunlight and heat. It is advisable to locate it in a place where it receives direct sunlight in the morning and partial shade in the afternoon.
  • Irrigation: It is important to keep the soil moist, but without waterlogging. The substrate must always be moist, but not soaked. Orchid roots need good moisture but they must also have good drainage.
  • Humidity: The environment for the blue orchid must be humid. We can place a container with water near the orchid to increase environmental humidity, or spray the leaves regularly with water.
  • Fertilization: It is very important to fertilize the orchid regularly, since it requires a large amount of nutrients to flourish. It is recommended to use specific organic or mineral fertilizers for orchids, and follow the instructions for dosing the product.
  • Pruning: As for pruning, it is important to do it regularly to keep this plant in shape and stimulate flowering. It is recommended to prune dry or damaged leaves and stems, and remove roots that look diseased or dead.
  • Temperature: La Vanda coerulea it prefers warm to temperate temperatures, between 15 and 32 degrees Celsius, and is sensitive to frost. It is important to keep it away from drafts and places where the temperature fluctuates sharply.
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It should be noted that it is important to take into account that each plant is different and may require specific care. For this reason, it is advisable to investigate more about the specific care for the various species and always be aware of the signals that the plant gives us to know if it is needing something.

When do Vandas bloom?

La Vanda coerulea It blooms in summer and fall. The flowering period can vary depending on the growing conditions, but in general, the orchid begins to produce flowers in summer and continues to do so for several months, until autumn. It is important to mention that for the plant to flourish it requires proper care and good lighting, it can take several months to flower or even several years if the conditions are not ideal.

Some of the factors that can affect the flowering of the Vanda coerulea they include lack of light, lack of nutrients, inadequate watering, and extreme temperatures. If we are taking good care of our plant and it is still not flowering, it is advisable to investigate the causes and try to correct them.

With this information you already know everything you need about the blue orchid and its care. It is not an easy plant to grow at home, but I assure you that its beauty makes it worth it.


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