Chysis Maritza Bielecki (3.5" pot near blooming size)
New! We are super thrilled to be able to offer this wonderful orchid hybrid to our customers. Originally introduced in 2011, this is the most awarded orchid of this genus and has three different Chysis species in its background. The American Orchid Society has bestowed a dozen Awards of Merit to date for flower quality of various plants of this cross that have been exhibited. The awarded plants average more than seven 3 inch flowers per spike, demonstrating the results once plants are full grown. Our photo shows a plant blooming for the first time while still in a two inch pot. As you can see the colorful flowers are an unusual blend of colors with orange-tan tips to the sepals and lavender tips on the petals. Since these are seedlings, the colors may vary slightly from plant to plant, but the overall beautiful effect will not. Chysis species come from Mexico and Central America, usually in fairly wet forests and lower to middle elevations that experience a brief drier season in winter. They are unusual in that the flowers emerge from side nodes of developing new growths and are long lived. After the blooms fade, the growths continue to expand to create club like pseudobulbs topped by several thin textured leaves with prominent longitudinal veins. The next winter, some or all of the leaves will drop just ahead of flowering. Give this orchid medium light levels and plenty of water combined with good drainage will growths are developing. In late fall into winter, reduce watering but donít leave plants totally dry for more than a couple of days at a time. We have now stepped all of these up to 3.5" pots as their new growth got underway. The largest will be pulled first, through all should be capable of blooming next spring with proper care. Limit one per customer.
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