Everytime my princess blooms it costs me money. Not to say it is really her fault or really that bad of a thing, but every time she blooms I fall in love with Vandas all over again and I go shopping for more. This time she cost me a Vanda tricolor var. suavis… Granted, a species I have been dreaming about for a very long time, but simply have been able to resist the urge due to the rather large size of the plant. Until now that is… Oh well, no use trying to resist, just go with it and when it blooms for the first time all will be forgotten.
Back to the princess… She really put on a stunning display this year with two spikes blooming simultaneously. The purple/blue color is just as intense in real life as in these photos so she really brightens up a room. The Ascocenda genus is the result of a cross between Ascocentrum and Vanda, and Ascocenda Princess Mikasa is a cross between Ascocenda Royal Sapphire x Vanda coerulea. It comes in three colors, blue, pink and a fairly new white variety. One day when I have a greenhouse I think I will need one of each, it is such a nice cross. Easy to grow and bloom, and not too terribly large. Mine has a leaf span of just under 50 cm. A lovely plant to start with if you are dreaming of growing Vandas. I grow mine bare root, intermediate temperatures, quite bright and watered every to every other day.
Ascocenda Princess Mikasa (Ascocenda Royal Sapphire x Vanda coerulea)