North of England Orchid Society - An introduction to Vanda orchid culture...

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Free Orchid shows.

Every month we hold a free orchid show; either near Preston, Manchester or Warrington.

New members are always welcome, but our normal monthly shows are free to all, come along and take a look at your local orchid society.

See our orchid show page

Orchid Paintings

Orchid Paintings

historical paintings

 The above are just two images of the many Historical Paintings of Orchids awarded at our shows from the turn of the century through to the Second World War.

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The RHS Flower Show
Tatton Park

July 18th to 22nd 2018
Come along and meet us in the Society Marquee, free helpful advice and orchid potting demonstrations; we can supply you with  top quality approved orchid compost.

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The Society once again has taken a Gold Medal as in last years event, along with the coveted trophy for Best display in the Marquee.

2015 results
Our display in 2015 year created in association with the OSGB and took Gold, as well as the coveted Holford Medal for a slideshow of it please click here
Vanda Sansaii Blue

Vandaceous (pronounced van-dace-ee-us) and their close cousins the ascocentrums include about 40 species of orchid from Asia China Taiwan Australasia Solomon Islands and the Philippines'.

From the original species there are now many fine hybrids available.

Often with very showy flowers, and a monopodial growth habit, they do best when grown in slatted baskets.

see books on Vandaceous growing priced in UK pounds
 see books on Vandaceous growing priced USD

Vanda and Ascocentrums

Most vandaceous plants do best when grown in slatted baskets with their roots bare to the elements.

Here in the UK they require perhaps a little more attention the those grown in warmer climes.


Vanda's need lots of light, but they will still burn when the sun reaches them through glass, so some shading is necessary, the correct level of shading has been reached when on a sunny day, your hand will cast a shadow on the plant but without a definite edge. grow them high up, but don't forget to give them good air circulation.

Temperature .

With the exception of the cooler growing species such as coerulea, they like it hot, minimum night temps may fall to 55 deg. as long as the plant is thoroughly dry by nightfall and daytime temperatures in the 80's is quite ok.

Water and feeding.

Here in the UK we water very early in the morning, spraying the plants generously, leaving them for around 10 minutes or so to allow that watering to soak the roots, and then again.

If the day is warm, and you can do so, water again around mid-day, this time with a feed mix, always bearing in mind that any water which has not evaporated from the leaves and their axils by sunset may cause a rot problem if the temperature drops too low.

Tip, if you only have one or two Vanda's, and live in cooler climes, water them by letting the roots soak in a bucket for 10 minutes or so each morning, and spray the leaves clean once in a while, on a warm day





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One of our Gold Medal RHS Displays

For many years we created Gold Medal Winning Displays at the RHS Show Tatton Park....

Large Annual Orchid Show

Each year our Annual Show brings one of the largest orchid events to the North of England, Held in the Tenants Hall at Tatton Park....

World's Oldest Orchid Society?

Established in 1897, we have been giving awards to orchids since the turn of the Century, this is an image of one of the early orchid paintings, from which our badge is derived....

Catesatum pilateum

There are over 35000 species of orchid, here is one of the more unusual from the tropics, often seen at our monthly shows....

Laelia purpurata

This showy species makes a change from the usual Phalaenopsis Orchids found in the supermarkets; many specialist growers attend our shows....


Another species of orchid prized by the enthusiastic grower, these plants can be quite large, and are very showy...

Ophrys - The Bee Orchid

At each of our monthly shows, you will see (at the right time of the year) some fine specimens of terrestrial orchids from the temperate zones....

Dendrobium thrysiflorum

For sheer flower power you cannot beat some of the orchid species which may carry over a thousand blooms....

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