This exciting new cross is part of a new generation of hybrids resulting from the recently discovered species kovachii. This is perhaps one of the more interesting hybrids to date, combining the long petals of wallisii and the giant 6 to 8-inch purple/pink flowers of kovachii. Expect large flowers with wide, long petals that should have a length of 10 to 12 inches. The colors will be icy pinks with center sections being white. The pouch is lined in white on the inside with purple-green spotting.Light:
Low to medium with 1,000 to 2,500 foot-candles being ideal. This plant loves artificial light and can be grown in an east window. Under fluorescent lights, grow from 16 to 20 inches from at least two 4-foot tubes. Under high pressure sodium or metal halide fixtures, grow at least 4-5 feet from the bulb. Temperature:
Grow in intermediate conditions. Average night temperatures can be between 58 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit, with average daytime high between 70 and 85.
Note: It is often said that phragmipedium are cool growers, which can help the flowers develop even richer colors, however, for producing, we can grow them much faster in intermediate temperatures. We also experience less rot when they are grown intermediate.Humidity:
This plant likes humidity of 50 percent or higher. The use of humidity trays or room humidifiers is beneficial. Water:
We offer two products that can help increase humidity levels. The humidity tray and the Mist Maker.
This plant loves clean water or water with a pH of 7.5 to 6.8. Municipal water should be fine for this plant if it originates from reservoirs or from wells with lower mineral content in the water. Water as the mix approaches dryness but do not allow the mix to become bone dry between watering. Water at least twice per week and possibly more frequent watering may be required in warmer temps. You can also grow this plant standing in a 3/4 inch deep saucer of water. Wait until the water is almost gone and then flush the potting mix well from the top, refilling the saucer. Fertilizer:
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.
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 other time when you water Phragmipedium.Flowering:
This plant can flower nearly any time of year but will mostly be a spring to summer flowering variety with very interesting flowers similar to Phrag. Schroderae, but on steroids. Icy pinks with white central areas and deeper pink purple edging are expected. Large drooping 10 to 12-inch petals that have good width (3-5 cm) are expected. There should be 2-4 flowers per scape. The flowers should last about 3-4 weeks per flower.Repotting:
We recommend a fast-draining bark mix of the smaller grade as this plant loves water. Repot yearly and be sure to water more frequently for the first month or so as the mix takes a while to begin holding moisture.
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.