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Prosthechea cochleata

Prosthechea cochleata

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Introducing the captivating Prosthechea cochleata, also known as the Black Orchid, a mesmerizing epiphyte native to the lush landscapes of Mexico, Central America, Colombia, Venezuela, the Caribbean, and Florida. Thriving amidst rare forests and glades, this orchid's natural habitat spans various forest types, from tropical forests with leaf-dropping trees to evergreen and oak forests, flourishing at altitudes ranging from sea level up to 2000 meters.

A medium-sized wonder, Prosthechea cochleata stands gracefully at heights of 25-59 cm, boasting smooth, ovoid to oblong-elliptic pseudobulbs enveloped by imbricate, scarious sheaths and adorned with apical, elliptic leaves. Come spring, it unveils its splendor with a delightful bloom lasting up to six months. The racemose inflorescence, reaching up to 37.5 cm, bears non-fragrant flowers, with a striking conch-shaped lip atop. Adorned in hues of greenish-yellow with purple accents, each bloom is a testament to nature's artistry.

Caring for your Prosthechea cochleata is a rewarding experience. Provide filtered, dispersed light, avoiding direct midday sunlight, while ensuring strong, consistent airflow. Embrace its thermophilic nature, maintaining temperatures between 22-29°C, with humidity levels around 80-85% throughout the year.

In its habitat, it thrives in pots or baskets with a well-permeable substrate, such as medium-grain bark or cork mixed with charcoal, allowing roots to dry swiftly after watering. During active growth, water generously, ensuring roots dry between watering to prevent rot. Fertilize weekly with a quarter to half the recommended dose for orchids, opting for sustainable fertilizer year-round.

As winter approaches, adjust care accordingly based on temperature conditions. For those in colder climates, keep relatively dry during the rest period, while warmer climates require slightly more water.

This is a blooming size imported bare root orchid; newly repotted in a 4" pot; about 1 to 2 years to bloom; Grown from seed; Limited!

With proper care and attention, your Prosthechea cochleata will continue to enchant with its timeless beauty, a true marvel of nature's craftsmanship.

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