This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
We present as a frontispiece this month a very fine engraving of the Vanda suavis, copied from Curtis's Botanical Magazine. It was introduced from Java in 1847, and is one of the prettiest as well as one of the most fragrant of this singular class of plants. It belongs to the order of Orchidaceae, which are popularly called air plants. The Vandas grow upon trees, and derive their support chiefly from the atmosphere. When grown under glass, they are usually attached to a piece of wood, cork, or something of that kind. They are also sometimes grown in wire baskets, filled with moss and potsherds, or pieces of charcoal. Some, also, are grown in pots filled with moss and potsherds. During the growing season they require a pretty strong, moist heat, and frequent applications of water. While dormant, they should be kept comparatively dry, and in a low temperature. The Vandas are among the most beautiful and interesting of this tribe of plants, and should be in every collection of orchids. Mr. Van Vorst, of Jersey City, has some very fine specimens in his large collection, which is the best that we have seen.