Catyclia Leaf Hopper (3.5” net pot with hanger, near blooming size)
New! We are definitely thrilled to be able to offer this orchid to you again after a long absence from the market. It takes Catyclia El Hatillo (E. tampensis x C. mossiae) back to Encyclia tampensis for a more compact plant, with longer spikes with more numerous flowers. As you can see from our photo of an entire mature plant, once fully grown, the spikes can produce side branches, and carry up to a dozen or so two inch flowers that are pale icy green, with a white lip that has a large amount of electric purple on center lobe. Since these are seedlings, there will be some variation from one to the next, but we found in the previous batch that it was fairly minimal. We have been growing these up from two inch pots for two years now and they are just reaching the size where the newest growths could spike in the next bloom cycle, which is normally late spring into summer. Keep in mind that a first blooming seedling will have fewer flowers to the spike to start, but with good care you will have a showy specimen in a few years. We strongly suggest basket culture as the best way to go with this orchid as it continues to mature. It will be simply a matter of slipping the plant, basket and all to the next size up and filling in around with some coarse bark or other media. If you insist on a pot, then use very open mix so that the roots dry quickly after watering. In places with hot humid summers, this orchid could hang outside in dappled bright light until chilly nights come in fall.
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