Intro:This is a unique species that originates from Narino, Colombia. It has beautiful cascading flower spikes which bloom about 15 to 30 flowers, depending on how mature the specimen isand on how much light it receives. Higher light will produce greenish yellow larger flowers and lower light will produce cascading sprays of golden male flowers.
**Click on the highlighted text for direct links to product pages**Light:Medium light, from 1500 - 3000 footcandles being ideal. If you are growing in windowsills, remember that morning light works best, so an eastern or southern exposure works well.
P.L. Lights systems are a great way to provide artificial light to your orchids. See our P.L. Lights page for more information on this great product we offer.Humidity:50% or higher is ideal. The use of humidity trays or room humidifiers is beneficial.
We offer two products that can help increase humidity levels. The humidity tray offered in black or white, and the Mist Maker. Please click on the underlined text for more information on these products.Water:It is best to use rainwater, distilled or reverse osmosis water. Municipal water with a pH of 7.5 or lower can also be used. Water as the mix approaches dryness but do not allow the mix to become completely dry between watering. In nature, this species goes through a dry season which usually begins in December and lasts through April or May. At the onset of the dry season, after the new growths have matured and flowered, the leaf tips will begin to turn brown and die back. After they have completely fallen off, water less frequently - just enough to keep the pseudobulbs from shriveling. This may be every two or three weeks. Once new growth begins in the spring, resume more frequent watering.
Overwatering can cause several problems such as root rot and infectious bacteria/fungus in the potting medium. One product we offer that can help these problems if caught at an early stage is Phyton 27 bactericide and fungicide.Fertilizer:Use
GrowMore 20-10-20 Ureafree for municipal or well water. Use at the rate of ½ teaspoon per gallon. If using GrowMore with rain, distilled, or reverse osmosis water, add back in 5 - 10% municipal or well water to supply the necessary calcium and magnesium. Fertilize every other watering in the summer and every third watering in the winter.
We highly recommend
Green Jungle Orchid Food, especially formulated to work with rain, distilled, reverse osmosis water or water low in alkalinity. Fertilize with Green Jungle every time you water.
Other fertilizers offered are as follows: GrowMore 6-30-30 (Cymbidium and bloom boosting formula) and GrowMore 20-6-16 (Tropical plant food with calcium and magnesium additives).Flowering:This plant blooms in the summer to fall months. Male flowers (which develop under shasy conditions are a solid yellow and beautifully cascade down like a waterfall. The female flowers produced in stronger light are larger in size,fewer in number and are a greenish yellow color. The flowers are close to 2 inches in width. It is possible to have both types of flowers on the same spike by changing the light levels as the flowers develop. They can bloom from 6 to 8 weeks, from opening to the time the blossoms drop.Repotting:This plant can be grown in a New Zealand sphagnum moss or an orchid bark mixture. Repot every 12 to 18 months. It is best to repot this plant in the spring when new growth is just emerging.
We offer several different types of potting medium. Here are direct links to what we believe to be some of the best potting mediums available for orchids: Orchids Limited bark mix, New Zealand sphagnum moss, coco husk, coco peat, sponge rock,charcoal, tree fern fiber, osmunda fiber and cork slabs for epiphytic plants.