Phaiocalanthe Kryptonite x Calanthe vestita (3.5” pot near blooming size)
New! This fantastic terrestrial orchid carries on the tradition of the very popular Phaiocalanthe Kryptonite but crossing it back to a Calanthe species. This gives the flowers a little more depth in color and somewhat longer lasting ability. It also makes the bloom spikes delightfully fuzzy. These are vigorous plants that will appreciate deeper pots with a richer mix and heavier feeding. The result in just a couple years will be plants similar to our inset photo. That plant was a two inch pot seedling just two growing seasons ago! We keep these very well watered while actively growing. They can even sit in a shallow amount of water so that you don’t have to apply water too often. They do not require high light levels so can do well in parts of your growing area where other orchids do not. They will grow from mid spring to mid fall, and then begin to produce flower spikes that bloom for several months starting as early as December, but usually January through March. After flowering, plants can be dry between watering until new growth begins. Growth usually starts in just a few weeks after the last flowers have faded. The previous season’s foliage will be somewhat ragged by this time, so you can trim it for neatness if you like. We just stepped these up in March of this year, but they should fill the 3.5” square pots they are in by fall and bloom with at least a couple spikes this coming winter.
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