- Provide about 2,000 foot-candles of light. Your orchid can tolerate higher light levels
, but keep in mind that the brighter light will encourage growth so you will have to increase your orchid's food and water to accommodate the growth.
- This species of orchid is a very heavy feeder. Use a well-balanced orchid fertilizer
mixed at half strength during every watering.
- Ideal day temperatures are around 75 o
F (24 o
C) to 85 o
C) and night temperatures between 55 o
F (13 o
C) to 65 o
F (18 o
C) are preferred. They can withstand colder temperatures with no frost for a short period of time.
- The media must be well drained. A potting mix
consisting of 2 parts of peat
moss, 2 parts of sandy loam, 1 part perlite and 1 part fine bark
is an excellent potting medium. Of course you can try your own recipe as long as it is fast draining. Use deep pots for good root growth. Re-pot
every two or three years.
- Keep the potting mix moist but not wet.
- The flowers seem to be triggered by short days and usually bloom in late winter or early spring depending on your location.
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