Zygopetalum Orchids - Expert Tips for Gardening Success
Ensure these orchids receive moderate, indirect light. Dark green leaves indicate insufficient light, while yellow leaves suggest excessive sunlight. Always maintain good air movement around the plant.
Daytime should range from 70-80°F (21-26°C) and nighttime between 50-60°F (10-15°C).
Maintain consistent moisture without over-watering. They dislike waterlogged conditions. Water weekly during active growth periods and reduce in cooler months.
Aim for 40-60% humidity. Use a tray with damp pebbles beneath the container to enhance moisture.
During active growth, apply a diluted fertilizer bi-weekly. In dormant phases, monthly feeding suffices. Monthly clear water rinses prevent fertilizer build-up.
Repot annually or biennially in spring, especially if drainage is compromised or the orchid outgrows its pot. A blend of bark, coconut chips, and perlite is ideal.
Divide ensuring each section has at least three pseudobulbs.