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Oncidium Alliance - Rossioglossum ampliatum

Oncidium Alliance - Rossioglossum ampliatum

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Introducing the Rossioglossum ampliatum, the Turtle Shell Orchid – a captivating and unique orchid species native to the lush regions of Mexico, Central America, and northwestern South America. This extraordinary orchid showcases nature's artistry with its striking, tortoiseshell-like pseudobulbs and brilliant yellow flowers. Here's everything you need to know to cultivate and care for this remarkable botanical gem:

🌱 Size: The Turtle Shell Orchid typically starts as small bulbs, but it has the potential to grow indefinitely with multiple bulbs, creating a captivating display of its unique pseudobulbs.

🌡 Temperature: This heat-loving orchid thrives in intermediate-warm to warm conditions. Maintain a temperature range of 18-24°C (daytime) and 15-21°C (nighttime) to ensure its optimal growth and flowering.

💧 Water: Monitor the potting mix closely and water your Turtle Shell Orchid when it approaches dryness. During its active growth phase, keep the medium consistently moist. However, it's essential to provide a thorough dryout period after the flowering season. Be cautious not to overwater, as excessive moisture can lead to root rot.

☁️ Humidity: Mimic its native habitat by maintaining a minimum humidity level of 40% or higher. This species thrives in moderately to highly humid environments, so consider using a humidity tray or room humidifier to create an ideal microclimate.

💡 Light: Provide bright, indirect to medium direct light for your orchid. Place it in a location with SouthEast or West exposure to ensure it receives the right amount of light. During the peak summer months, avoid exposing it to the brightest two hours of direct sunlight to prevent leaf discoloration.

🌰 Potting Media: Create a suitable environment for your Turtle Shell Orchid by using a combination of Sphagnum Moss and fine bark mix. This blend allows for proper aeration and moisture retention while supporting the orchid's growth.

🌸 Aroma: While the Turtle Shell Orchid boasts stunning visual appeal, it doesn't offer any fragrance. Its beauty lies in its unique appearance and vibrant yellow flowers.

Blooming in the spring, this orchid species is known for its distinctive pseudobulbs and striking yellow flowers, making it a delightful addition to any orchid enthusiast's collection.

Orchid Care Tips: To ensure the health and vibrancy of your Turtle Shell Orchid, remember to provide diffused light, maintain moderate to high humidity levels, and ensure strong air circulation. Keep in mind that too much light can result in yellow mottling on the leaves. As your orchid matures and outgrows its pot, consider mounting it to continue its growth journey.

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

With the right care and attention, the Rossioglossum ampliatum, or the Turtle Shell Orchid, will reward you with its captivating beauty and unique charm. Elevate your orchid collection with this extraordinary species and watch it flourish under your expert care.

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