Vandochostylis Lou Sneary ‘Bluebird’ (6” basket mature blooming size)
We have just a handful of these left. We were able to obtain a nice batch of flowering size plants in 3.5” pots two years ago. They were shifted up to baskets and have become very well established. You can continue to grow this orchid in that basket for at least the next several years if not longer. It is a fairly slow grower, but very dependable bloomer. These plants are about the size where they begin to form additional fans of growth from the base. Each fan, once a year or two old, throws out spikes along with the main fan. For us, the bloom season is usually quite extended, starting in the second half of summer and continuing well into winter, usually in two or three flushes of several spikes at once. The clusters of flowers are intoxicatingly fragrant at certain times of day. They are white with violet touches that intensify towards the tips of the segments and each one has a prominent curved spur. We have had plants of this orchid that have bloomed happily and dependably for at least two decades before they finally became so large that we divided them into sections, which establish quickly to continue the story. The “Vanda” in this orchid is what was until recently known as Neofinetia falcata and comes from as far north as southern Japan and Korea. So don’t treat this orchid quite the same as a traditional large flowered Vanda. It can take bright light and adapt to some direct sun, but only requires bright diffused light to flower, and can take temperatures as low as 40’s or 50’s with no issue whatsoever. If this charmer piques your interest, you should get one while we still have them as we believe that they are the last of this batch that has moved through the commercial pipeline, so you may not see it available again for a good while. One per customer please!
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