Intro:Native to Japan and Taiwan (known as the yellow pine orchid) this plant is perfect for miniature orchid collectors! This plant will stay small and compact, has flowers that have a citrus-fragrance and can grow in a pot or on a slab.Light:Low to Medium light (as for Phalaenopsis) is sufficient. These plants grow on tree branches in nature and get filtered light through the pine needles or leaves from above. These plants will also do well under artificial light such as flourescent bulbs or High pressure sodium fixtures.
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.
Water:Water frequently during the growing season (summer through early fall) and allow to dry out evenly in the winter. These plants can grow well using rain water, reverse osmosis water, distilled water or even tap water.
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:We highly recommend using 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 if plants are planted in bark. Be sure to flush the mix with clear water only once per month to prevent fertilizer salt build up. For plants in moss or mounted on slabs feed every third or 4th watering as the moss holds a lot of nutrients.
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.
Another fertilizer offered is: GrowMore 6-30-30 (Cymbidium and bloom boosting formula).
Fertilize every other watering in the
summer and every third watering in the winter. If you grow cool in the winter (never above the 60's) no fertilizing is necessary.Flowering:These plants can bloom more than once per year. The spikes are short and cluster up to 7 flowers that are yellow with a red and white lip. Flowers smell of lemons.Repotting:Repot once a year using a small to medium grade bark mix or moss. Gastrochilus also do very well on cork, tree fern or drift wood slabs.
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 and cork slabs for epiphytic plants.