24 Feb2012

Vanda Orchids

by Marketman

Vandas were amongst my mom’s favorite type of orchids. They come in such vibrants shades and hues, and varying sizes of blooms. They are quite ebullient. Vandas are near the peak of their blooming season right now, and even provincial markets/sources in Cebu have them in abundance. They range in price from PHP15 for a whole stem recently purchased in the flower markets of Cebu, to PHP15 PER BLOOM for the ones in these photos, from Waling-Waling, at their wholesale outlet in the Manila Seedling Bank.

I was amazed by the size of these blooms and the colors they had in stock. I had no need for them, so simply asked permission to photograph them rather than buying them…

The colors of these vandas were intense…

…and while a lot of reference materials refer to their scent (unusual for most orchids, as only a few varieties I think have a strong fragrance)… I didn’t necessarily get much of a whiff of anything, but then again these had already been refrigerated.

Arranged en masse, these vandas can make some rather STUNNING arrangements.



  1. Eileen says:

    My late grandmother used to grow orchids. I loved spending time in her garden her orchids and other flowers were always in bloom. I miss her garden and I miss her even more. Thanks for this post it brought back many fond memories.

    Feb 24, 2012 | 1:48 pm


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  3. millet says:

    this post reminded me of my mom-in-law, who had a huge gardenful of vandas, all of whose scientific names she knew. the colors are almost neon-like!

    Feb 24, 2012 | 2:25 pm

  4. Sleepless in Seatlle says:

    MM..Vandas Pix are Stunning!!! You filled my heart with joy! for this brings back lovely memories of my late mom in her orchid garden, I inherited our home & garden and her love of orchids almost to an obsession only to leave them after Pinatubo:( nowadays i have to contend myself with bulbs,peonies,dahlias..but for the love of God!! i miss my orchid garden.Thankfully for hothouses orchids are available all year long,just to keep them blooming for 2 months. I am so grateful MM for your posts and Thanks..did i ever mention i love love love your site.sorry..i am little bit hyper tonite too much espresso:)

    Feb 24, 2012 | 5:03 pm

  5. greens_blossoms says:

    Beautiful vandas….and heart warming memories of my late grandmother…she had a greenhouse and pots and pots of vandas that flower shops in the 70’s would buy from her per flower….Her love for orchids was the influence for my mom opening her flower shop….and then many years after, I opened mine too….Thank you, MM for putting a smile on my face and making me remember my dear lola….

    Feb 24, 2012 | 9:21 pm

  6. dhayL says:

    beautiful indeed, i love how they come in different hues of purple/violet, so pretty!

    Feb 25, 2012 | 1:03 am

  7. Footloose says:

    Resplendent colors and truly exotic veining and markings. Any one of the plants bearing these spectacular blossoms can stop you in your tracts if you happen to come across one in full bloom in a rainforest floor. But of course they have all now vanished from their natural habitat.

    Feb 25, 2012 | 9:11 am

  8. Mike says:

    If I remember right, I think a Vanda from the Philippines, similar to the blue one you have up there, won best in show in the Montreal flower expo a few years back.

    Feb 26, 2012 | 2:37 am

  9. Debbie says:

    These vandas are gorgeous, beautiful and vibrant colors!

    Feb 26, 2012 | 1:00 pm

  10. Shalimar says:

    A pot of Vanda in UK with 3 stems is around £35.

    Feb 26, 2012 | 11:59 pm

  11. sofie says:

    can u sell orchids thru package lbc?

    Aug 29, 2012 | 12:16 pm

  12. Melvin Nizel says:

    Greetings to all orchid enthusiast! Where in Manila could I buy orchids at reasonable price? At Cartimar, they sell it quite expensive. Thank you! 09264344936

    Jul 31, 2013 | 10:57 pm

  13. Marketman says:

    Melvin, try the Manila Seedling Bank on Quezon Avenue in Quezon City, they have dozens of shops with a fairly broad selection. Prices are fair for a city retail location.

    Aug 1, 2013 | 9:56 am

  14. alphonse says:

    Greetings! I have this friend of mine that has an orchid garden and nursery preferably phalaenopsis seedlings and in spike/bloom especially this season. He also have a huge vanda orchids… By the way, his garden/nursery is located in Laguna. Contact number: 09231678394.

    Sep 1, 2013 | 1:05 pm


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