The cultural requirements for P. papilio
and its relatives are quite easy as P. papilio
grows in relatively dry upland forests therefore do not require an abundance of water. You must take care of how you water this orchid because the roots are very fine and will rot very quickly if over watered.
Plant them in well-drained mixes such as bark, Sphagnum
moss or coconut chunks. They can also be mounted, for example on cork slab
if you prefer. Repot in the spring when you notice new growth starting. To insure the leaves keep their pretty coloring, add calcium. If you are on a municipal water supply, there will usually be lots of calcium in the water.
Keep the temperature between 50-70 o
F during the day and 55 to 65 o
F at night. Other species of Psychopsis
have slightly different requirements. Some require more water than others, for example.
These wonderful jewels of the orchid world are not hard to grow and are some of the most rewarding orchids. I hope you will try one and see how much fun having a "Butterfly" in your window can be.
Don't miss some of the hybrids that are now available too, they are amazing!