Orchids in a sunny spot
THE ORCHIDS which prosper in bright light and full sun are typically "vandaceous" hybrids and "hard cane" Dendrobiums. Those most often called "sunny vandas" are justifiably the most popular. They come in a wonderful range of colours; they grow vigorously, have relatively few pests, and bloom all year round.
Planting the 'sunny vandas'
Usually, these are sold as a top cutting - about 2 to 3 feet long - with a few bare roots and leaves all the way down to the bottom. Put the cutting in a 12-inch plastic pot with a mixture of charcoal and 1/2 inch gravel, put the plant in shade, give it daily water and WAIT until there is new root. This may take a few months. When you see new roots, place in a sunny spot.
Feeding and Care
Once established, these plants need daily watering and Tropi-Gro Orchid Plus 20-10-20 feed three or four times a week. Enjoy your new spikes and long-lasting flowers.
The Jamaica Orchid Society meets on the first Saturday of each month at 4 p.m. at the JTURDC Building, 1A Hope Boulevard, Kingston 6.