When To Bring Vanda Orchids Indoors

by Marie
(Lake Mary, FL)

I have a vanda orchid that I have kept hanging on a tree in my yard all summer. It's doing well but I don't have much experience with this type of plant.

I live in Florida where I've heard that some people leave their orchids outside year round. Can I do that with my vanda or do I need to bring it in?

Also, the roots are getting really long. If I have to bring it in I don't know if I can hang it high enough to keep the roots off the floor. Would it be o.k. for me to trim the roots?


Answer

Vandas are one of the easiest orchids to grow. What you're doing with yours is perfect.

Hang it in a tree in bright light. Spray it with the hose occasionally and pour or spray a little liquid fertilizer on it every few weeks during the growing season.

Lake Mary is not too far from where I live. I bring my Vanda in when temps fall into the 30s. It doesn't go back out until temperatures are reliably back into the 40s.

I know what you mean about the roots. I have mine hanging from my kitchen window curtain rod. When I went to take it out of the tree it was hanging from outside, the roots had grown all the way down to the ground and begun to root into the soil!

I don't like to cut the roots unless one is broken or rotting but you certainly can cut them back if you really feel it's necessary.

Use clean, sharp scissors or clippers. Dust the cuts with a little cinnamon (it's a natural fungicide that is commonly used on orchids) or spray them with a liquid fungicide when you're done.

Also, instead of cutting them straight across which will look unnatural, stagger the lengths.

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