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Catasetinae Alliance: Cycnoches herrenhusanum

Catasetinae Alliance: Cycnoches herrenhusanum

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Introducing the Cycnoches herrenhusanum - a captivating and rare cycnodes species that will add a touch of elegance and allure to any plant collection. Native to the Pacific coast of southern Colombia and northern Ecuador, this exquisite orchid thrives at elevations of 50 to 210 meters, making it a fascinating find for orchid enthusiasts and collectors alike.

Cycnoches herrenhusanum boasts cascading spikes adorned with multiple flowers in a striking golden yellow hue, accompanied by a delightful fragrance that will enchant your senses. Each pendulous inflorescence carries an impressive 15 to 20 closely spaced, non-resupinate flowers, making it a true showstopper during its winter bloom.

This medium-sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte exhibits spindle-shaped, narrow, and close-set pseudobulbs. Along the stem, you'll find 6 to 7 evenly distributed, plicate, lanceolate leaves, which culminate into the leaf-bearing sheath. This unique structure adds to its ornamental value and showcases its adaptability to its natural environment.

Due to its rarity, availability is limited, making this a sought-after gem among orchid enthusiasts. Whether you're an experienced orchid grower or a beginner, cultivating Cycnoches herrenhusanum can be a rewarding and enjoyable experience. Here are some tips to help you provide the best care for this magnificent species:

  1. Light: Place the plant in bright, indirect light to mimic its natural habitat. Avoid direct sunlight, especially during the hottest parts of the day, as it may damage the delicate flowers and foliage.

  2. Temperature: Maintain a warm to hot climate, as Cycnoches herrenhusanum thrives in these conditions. Ideal temperatures range between 20°C to 30°C (68°F to 86°F) during the day, with a slight drop at night.

  3. Humidity: Orchids from this region appreciate high humidity levels. Use a humidity tray or a humidifier to create a moist environment, especially during drier months.

  4. Watering: Keep the potting medium consistently moist but not waterlogged. Water the plant when the top inch of the potting mix feels dry to the touch. During the growing season, increase watering frequency to support the development of new growths.

  5. Potting mix: Use a well-draining orchid mix that consists of bark, sphagnum moss, and perlite. Repot the plant every 1 to 2 years after flowering or when you notice the potting mix breaking down.

  6. Fertilizer: Feed your Cycnoches herrenhusanum with a balanced, water-soluble orchid fertilizer at half strength during the growing season. Reduce or halt fertilization during the plant's dormant period.

  7. Air circulation: Ensure good air circulation around the plant, as this helps prevent the development of fungal and bacterial issues.

This is a blooming size in a 4" pot, about 1 to 2 years to bloom, grown from seed, limited!

By following these care tips and providing your Cycnoches herrenhusanum with the love and attention it deserves, you'll be rewarded with stunning cascading golden yellow flowers and a delightful fragrance, making this rare orchid a prized possession in your collection. Don't miss the opportunity to own this limited gem and add a touch of allure to your botanical sanctuary. Happy growing!

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