The Vanda Pachara Delight is a monopodial epiphyte orchid hybrid. It was registered in 1999 by P.Pacharapong and is a cross between Vanda Karulea and Vanda Gordon Dillon. This orchid has received the FCC/JOGA award (First Class Certificate by the Japanese Orchid Growers’ Association). The best feature of this orchid is its deep blue – indigo color, which is fairly rare naturally occurring in the orchid world, even among hybrids.
Blooms are about 10-11 cm in diameter and present a slight tessellation. Even though this orchid is considered blue, the actual color is more of a vibrant indigo blue. The lip of the orchid is an even darker shade of indigo. The flowers have no fragrance, but their color and presentation certainly make up for it.
Flowers are displayed on a flower spike of about 30 cm in length, while each spike can produce up to 10 flowers. The peduncle measures about 5 cm in length and presents ridges that seem to twist and arrange the flower in the proper position. The blooms last for 6 to 8 weeks, depending on temperature. This orchid is not a sequential bloomer, once the flower fall the spike will not produce more blooms.
This orchid is a prolific bloomer and can bloom 2 to 3 times per year. In warmer climates it will bloom throughout the year. Flowering sized orchids are about 30 cm tall.
The flower spike emerges from between the leaves, towards the top of the orchid, 3-4 side leaves down. It takes about 6 weeks for a flower spike to grow and open the flowers and usually, this orchid produces 1 flower spike at a time and rarely 2 at the same time. After blooms drop, the spike can be cut close to the stem, as it will not rebloom, or produce other plantlets.
The Vanda Pachara Delight is a monopodial orchid that can become very tall throughout the years, but its growth rhythm is slow. It produces about 3 or 4 new leaves within a year. Leaves are a medium green and the fan measures about 30 cm in length. New leaves sprout from the top of the orchid, but plantlets can appear at the base of the orchid.
Roots can grow very long and while they are in active growth, green root tips are visible. When roots are wet they can have a green color, while when they are dry they are usually silvery grey. In very bright light the root tips can present a pink-red color.
It is usually grown bare root in hanging baskets and generally does very well in this set up. If pots are to be used, clay pots and a very coarse, well-draining media is preferred. The orchid gets very top heavy, so stabilization is needed.
Soft spots: stem and crown rot, root rot if the roots are not very well ventilated
Overall it is a hardy orchid that doesn’t fuss if its environment is less than ideal. Humidity is not an issue if the orchid is properly watered. It does like very bright light and direct sun, as long as the leaves are not permitted to overheat. If location is not a problem, it can be grown in a normal home with ease.
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