Monday, September 23, 2013

Plant of the Week


The zygopetalum is an exotic species of orchid, grown in the remote regions of the South American rain forest. Its stunning, fragrant flowers make it a popular orchid to grow indoors. Though, due to it's hard to  reach home, this beauty is not easily accessible. Which is why when this orchid graced our doors, we immediately decided to have it as our plant of the week!

Realitively, it is easy to care for. Good bright, indirect light and a nice drink should do the trick. Although, we figured it's best to have it broken down. Thanks to the real professionals at  they were able to make that possible. So here it is, step by step.

Temperature: Zygopetalum orchids will tolerate considerable summer heat as long as they have mild nighttime temperatures between 50-65 degrees F. Exposure to cold temperatures (down to 28 degrees F) for a few hours each night will not damage an acclimatized plant, but once the plant spikes or flowers, it should be protected from temperatures below 35 degrees F. Always keep these plants free from frost.
Light: Your Zygopetalum enjoys the morning and afternoon sun but should be protected from hot midday sunlight. A light green leaf with just a hint of yellow indicates that the plant is receiving the maximum amount of sun it can take; a dark green leaf indicates that it needs more sunlight.

 Watering of Zygopetalum is a delicate balancing act. They should not be allowed to go dry, yet they don't care for a soggy environment either. Watering once every seven to ten days is about right. As with everything else, special consideration must be given for the drying effects of varying ambient air temperature and humidity.

Feeding: High nitrogen fertilizers (25-9-9) should be used from February until July, while low nitrogen fertilizers (6-25-25) should be used from August until January. Feed one teaspoon to a gallon of water once a month.
Repot: Repot every two to three years from February to June with a well-draining medium. Fine bark is suitable in mild summer climates, while a finer medium Orchid Mix works well in warmer summer areas.

This purple variation is the only one in our shop.
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