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Phalaenopsis celebensis

Phalaenopsis celebensis

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Introducing the Celebes Phalaenopsis Orchid - A Delightful Miniature Epiphyte from Indonesia!

The Celebes Phalaenopsis, also known as Phalaenopsis celebensis, is a captivating orchid species native to the picturesque Island of Sulawesi, formerly known as Celebes, in Indonesia. Its name originates from the European term for this enchanting island.

This miniature epiphyte boasts elegant dark green leaves mottled with silver grey, creating a striking visual contrast. The plant typically features 3 to 5 ovoid-oblong leaves, each measuring around 15 to 18 cm in length.

The highlight of the Celebes Phalaenopsis is its mesmerizing bloom, which graces us with its presence during July and August. The orchid produces a lateral, arching, and pendant inflorescence, stretching up to 16 inches (40 cm) in length. Adorned with small bracts, the racemose or paniculate inflorescence is a spectacle to behold, showcasing numerous snow-white, star-shaped flowers. The lip of each flower exhibits delightful bright orange or lilac spots, while the inner whorls gracefully bend, adding to its allure.

Cultivating Tips:

Light: Provide the Celebes Phalaenopsis orchid with a light level of 10,000-12,000 lux. It thrives best in year-round full shade, as excessive light exposure may lead to reddening of the leaves.

Temperature: Maintaining the right temperature is crucial for this orchid's well-being. During summer, aim for an average daytime temperature of 30-32 °C and a nighttime temperature of 22-23 °C, creating a daily difference of 7-9 °C. In winter, adjust the daytime temperature to 29-30 °C and nighttime temperature to 22-23 °C, resulting in a daily difference of 7-8 °C. Avoid drastic temperature fluctuations.

Humidity: The Celebes Phalaenopsis orchid prefers a relatively high humidity level. Keep the air humidity between 70-80% to foster its harmonious development. Avoid exposing it to levels below 50-55% to prevent potential stress.

Substrate and Growing Media: This orchid can be cultivated in pots or on a support/raft. For raft planting, place layers of moss under and slightly above the roots, allowing for moisture retention. If potted, use a substrate mixture of 12-16 mm bark with moisture-retaining additives, or peat moss with perlite or charcoal to enhance breathability.

Watering: Consistent moisture is essential for the Celebes Phalaenopsis. Use lukewarm water at approximately 21°C for watering. For the first 6 months, water generously, then reduce the amount slightly in the following 6 months. Watering in the morning is ideal, allowing the plant ample time to dry before nightfall. Mounted orchids may require 1-2 daily sprays, depending on temperature and moss moisture.

Fertilizer: Nourish the Phalaenopsis celebensis throughout the year with a balanced orchid fertilizer, preferably in liquid form. Apply the fertilizer every three waterings, using 1/3 of the recommended dose for potted plants, and 1/8-1/10 of the dose for mounted orchids. Always water the plant before fertilizing to prevent root damage.

Rest Period and Repotting: Unlike some other orchids, the Celebes Phalaenopsis does not have a specific rest period to trigger flowering. However, during winter, reduce the watering if the temperatures are slightly lower to avoid root rot. In autumn, you can increase the light exposure, while reducing fertilization during periods of no active growth. Repot the orchid annually, preferably in spring when new roots begin to emerge, to maintain a healthy and thriving plant.

This is a blooming size in a 3" pot about 1 to 2 years to bloom, grown from seed, limited!

Incorporate the enchanting Celebes Phalaenopsis Orchid into your collection, and with the right care and attention, you'll be rewarded with its breathtaking beauty and graceful presence year after year. Enjoy the magical journey of nurturing this extraordinary miniature epiphyte from Indonesia!

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