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CITES export Appendix II Species
A miniature, epiphytic, Cattleya-Alliance orchid native to Brazil and Paraguay. In Brazil, the seed pods have been used as a source of vanilla flavoring, much like Vanilla.
Our Leptotes bicolor are in 3" pots, have many growths, and have been flowering for us more than once a year.
Leptotes bicolor are very easy-to-grow orchids - click the link below to review our detailed growing information.
Intro:This is a compact species native to southern Brazil. This plant has interesting foliage; 1-2 cm pseudobulbs support a succulent leaf that is usually between 2 and 5 inches long. An interesting fact about this plant is that the seedpods were once used to flavor ice cream.Light:This plant prefers medium to high light, from 1500 to 2500 footcandles. When growing at windowsills, eastern or southern exposure is ideal. When growing under fluorescent lights, grow 8 to 16 inches from the tubes.Humidity:50% or higher is ideal.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. When growing on slabs, mist daily or soak the slab in a bucket of water for a short period of time.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).Flowering:Generally in winter and spring months, flowers will emerge from the pseudobulb base. The flowers are white with a pink lip and measure about 3-5cm across. Fragrant.Repotting:Repot this plant about once a year using any type of fibrous material such as tree fern or a bark mixture. This plant will also do well on slabs if you have high humidity conditions.