This little plant is quite a champ. Every year at this time, it pumps out one or two spikes with lovely lemon scented flowers. This year was no disappointment.
This is a primary cross that first bloomed for me in late Spring. The flowers have the Christensonia size and coloring, but with a smaller, less frilly lip. Being as far North as I am, I tend to have trouble with full sized vandaceous orchids over the winter, but miniatures do very well for me. It probably has more to do with being potted vs. in hanging baskets than it does plant size, per se. For a first bloom, my verdict is “not bad.” They only get better with age. The entire plant is only about 7″ tall, so far.
This Vanda is a miniature that has proven itself a reliable bloomer, putting out one or two spikes each winter. I got two spikes this year. Unlike some of its full size brethren, it doesn’t need a ton of sun to bloom. It smells to me mostly like lemon, but also sweet, as if it has a hint of vanilla to go with the lemon. It’s not a scent that fills a room, but is detectable up close.