Phaiocalanthe Kryptonite x Calanthe Grouville (4” pot blooming size)
New Hybrid – Photo shows first to bloom. We have enjoyed Phaiocalanthe Kryptonite for years and were happy to be able to purchase a batch of seedlings of this new cross, which takes it back to one of the grandparents. These have been quick growing seedlings and we expect those that haven't bloomed already to flower this coming bloom season, which should fall mostly during the cooler months. All the species involved are terrestrial rather than epiphytic so we grow this one is a richer mix with compost added. We grow Phcal. Kyroptonite sitting in a shallow amount of water all the time with impressive results, be we suspect this hybrid will prefer a drier rest in winter because 3/4ths of its genetic makeup are Calanthe species that come from tropical locations with very dry winters and typically are deciduous. These will probably hold on to some leaves, but the rest from frequent water once growths are fully mature will encourage better flowering. Upright spikes will emerge from the base of mature bulbs to bear many flowers held over the foliage. They may be red, pink or white or bicolor combinations so each will be a surprise. Plants will grow into nice clumps in just a few years and you will be dividing them to share with friends. Being terrestrial you can give this orchid heavier feeding while in active growth, but stop fertilizing in winter until flowering ends and new growth begins.
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