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Oncidium Alliance - Psychopsis Mendenhall 'Hildos' FCC/AOS

Oncidium Alliance - Psychopsis Mendenhall 'Hildos' FCC/AOS

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Introducing the extraordinary Psychopsis Mendenhall 'Hildos' FCC/AOS, a captivating hybrid that brings together the best of Psychopsis Butterfly and Psychopsis papilio. This orchid, native to the lush landscapes of South America, is a true marvel with its unique foliage and stunningly unusual flower, often likened to a mantis despite its common moniker, the "Butterfly Orchid."

The orchid's bright purple spotting thrives under ample sunlight, creating a vibrant display that accentuates its singular charm. The vivid orange-red blooms, measuring 3-4 inches, adorned with striking yellow barring, make this variety a renowned favorite among orchid enthusiasts. Remarkably, these fire-colored, insect-shaped blooms can persist for years on the same spike, adding to the allure of this remarkable hybrid.

As part of the small and exclusive Psychopsis genus, 'Hildos' stands out with its FCC/AOS designation, a mericlone of the award-winning cultivar. Only one of four species and their hybrids, Psychopsis orchids, also known as "butterfly orchids," are recognized for their distinctive floral resemblance to delicate winged creatures.

Cultivating Psychopsis Mendenhall 'Hildos' is a rewarding experience. While bloom spikes may take their time to develop, the plant generously rewards patience by producing flowers that can bloom sequentially for months. Only trim the bloom spike when it turns dry and starts to brown, allowing the orchid to continue its impressive display.

Given its tropical origins, Psychopsis thrives in warm conditions with high humidity and good air circulation. Provide low to moderate light for optimal growth and water at the base of the plant as the potting media dries out. The recommended light and watering schedule for Phalaenopsis orchids also suits Psychopsis, making care more manageable.

For best results, place your 'Hildos' in bright indirect light to stimulate flowering. During the warmer spring and summer months, these orchids appreciate slightly warmer conditions to encourage blooming. Watering frequency should be adjusted according to the medium used—whether sphagnum, LECA, or bark. Typically, a watering interval of 7-10 days is suitable, with reduced watering during colder months to allow the plant to dry slightly.


A near blooming size in a 4" pot, newly repotted, about 2 to 3 years to bloom, grown from seed, limited!

A near blooming size in a 4" pot, about 1 to 2 years to bloom, grown from seed, limited!

Psychopsis orchids, including 'Hildos,' prefer minimal root disturbance, so repot only when necessary or adopt the pot-inside-another technique. Repotting is advised when the potting mix becomes stale, avoiding the process during the flowering period. Embrace the beauty and resilience of the Psychopsis Mendenhall 'Hildos' FCC/AOS, an orchid that promises enduring blooms and a touch of the exotic in your botanical collection.

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