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Phalaenopsis lueddemanniana var. pulchra

Phalaenopsis lueddemanniana var. pulchra

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Introducing the Phalaenopsis lueddemanniana var. pulchra - An Exquisite Orchid for Orchid Enthusiasts!

Replace your standard Lueddemann's Phalaenopsis and Phalaenopsis lueddemanniana with the captivating Phalaenopsis lueddemanniana var. pulchra. Native to the lush landscapes of Manila, Philippines, where it thrives abundantly at altitudes between 27-61 meters above sea level, this orchid boasts a fascinating combination of size, color, and fragrance.

Description: Phalaenopsis lueddemanniana var. pulchra is a small to medium-sized, hot-growing epiphytic orchid with an upright or ascending stem enveloped by imbricating leaf sheaths. The elliptic to oblong-elliptic leaves, measuring 15-30 cm, are fleshy, acute or obtuse, and vivid yellow-green in color, arranged horizontally or hanging gracefully. The waxy, fleshy, and stellate flowers, 5-6 cm wide, release a strong fragrance, lasting up to two months. The variability in perianth petal colors, ranging from pinkish-purple to white with distinctive stripes or spots, adds an element of charm. The lip is adorned with captivating hues of purple and orange.

This remarkable species typically produces 3 to 5 flowers during the spring through summer on a suberect, arcuate to pendant, thick succulent inflorescence, measuring up to 12" (30 cm) in length. The inflorescence, covered with small distichous, ovate-triangular bracts, creates a striking visual display.

Cultivation Tips:

Light: Ensure your Phalaenopsis lueddemanniana var. pulchra receives a light level of 10,000-12,000 lux, maintaining it in partial shade.

Temperature: As a thermophilic plant, maintain an average day temperature of 31-34 ° C in summer and 30-33 ° C in winter, with appropriate night temperature differentials.

Humidity: Maintain high humidity levels around 80%, reducing it to 70-80% during winter. Adequate humidity is crucial for optimal growth.

Substrate, Growing Media, and Repotting: Cultivate your orchid in a pot with 12-16 mm pieces of fir or pine bark as a substrate. Optimal repotting time is just after flowering, coinciding with the onset of new root growth.

Watering: During the growth period, water approximately once a week, ensuring the plant remains fairly moist but not wet. Implement a wet/dry watering scheme and maintain a sufficient humidity level.

Fertilizer: During active growth, apply 1/4-1/2 of the recommended orchid fertilizer dose once a week or bi-weekly.

Rest Period: In winter, increase light levels and reduce humidity to 70-80%. Limit watering to poor watering with 2-3 week intervals, and cease fertilization during non-growing periods.

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

Phalaenopsis lueddemanniana var. pulchra is not only a visual delight but also a manageable orchid for enthusiasts seeking an exotic addition to their collection. Elevate your orchid experience with this stunning and fragrant variety!

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