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Epidendrum schlechterianum

Epidendrum schlechterianum

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Introducing Epidendrum schlechterianum, a rare and captivating Central American miniature orchid that brings a touch of exotic beauty to any collection. Native to lush forests spanning from Mexico to Peru, this diminutive epiphyte thrives in diverse environments, from mossy rocks to the branches of trees, displaying its unique charm wherever it grows.
With its clustered, leafy stems and fleshy, ovate-lanceolate leaves, Epidendrum schlechterianum reaches heights of around 6.4 cm, making it a perfect choice for those seeking a compact yet striking addition to their orchid collection. Its short inflorescence bears two erect flowers, which, while not fully open, still command attention with their vibrant hues ranging from yellow-green to pale pink-purple.
To cultivate Epidendrum schlechterianum successfully, providing the right conditions is crucial:

Light: Aim for a light level of 25000-35000 lux, ensuring it's filtered and dispersed to prevent direct exposure to the sun, especially during the afternoon. Consistent, gentle airflow is essential for healthy growth.

Temperature: This orchid thrives in warm conditions, preferring summer temperatures around 31-32°C during the day and 21-22°C at night. In winter, maintain temperatures between 26-28°C during the day and 17-18°C at night.

Humidity: Maintain humidity levels around 80% throughout the year to mimic its natural habitat.

Substrate and Potting: Epidendrum schlechterianum can be grown on pieces of cork or tree fern to replicate its natural environment, ensuring high humidity levels. Alternatively, shallow pots or baskets with a well-draining substrate can be used, allowing roots to dry quickly after watering.

Watering: During active growth, water regularly, allowing slight drying between waterings. In the winter months, reduce watering frequency but prevent the plant from drying out completely.

Fertilization: Feed weekly during periods of strong growth with a diluted orchid fertilizer, adjusting the formula to encourage flowering and new growth before winter.

Rest Period: In winter, reduce watering, but ensure the plant doesn't become completely dry. Maintain high light levels while limiting fertilization to promote healthy growth during dormancy.

This is a blooming size orchid, newly mounted, about 1 to 2 years to bloom, grown from seed, limited!

With proper care and attention to its specific needs, Epidendrum schlechterianum will reward growers with its unique beauty and delicate blooms, evoking the enchanting allure of its Central American origins.

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