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Vanda Alliance: Trichoglottis brachiata

Vanda Alliance: Trichoglottis brachiata

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Trichoglottis brachiata, native to the lush landscapes of the Philippines, is a striking epiphytic orchid species. It typically thrives in the low-altitude regions of Mindanao, Leyte, Biliran, Catanduanes, Palawan, and southern Luzon, with a notable presence in the provinces of Agusan, Davao, and Surigao.

Adorning tree branches with its elongated stems and branching white roots, this orchid can grow anywhere from 30 to 60 cm in length, showcasing distichous, oblong to oblong-ovate leaves measuring 3-8 cm long and 2.5-4.0 cm wide.

Blooms: In spring and summer,Trichoglottis brachiata graces its surroundings with fragrant - smell like honey, fleshy flowers adorning short, racemose inflorescences. With petals boasting vivid, deep red-purple hues complemented by delicate yellow or whitish accents, these 3.0-4.5 cm diameter blooms often feature a strikingly white, purple-streaked lip, embellished with touches of red-purple spots.

Cultivation Tips:

Light: Provide filtered or dispersed light, avoiding direct afternoon sun exposure. Aim for a light level of 20000-30000 lux, ensuring consistent, gentle air movement.

Temperature: Maintain a thermophilic environment with average day temperatures ranging from 29-31°C and night temperatures of 21-22°C, offering a daily amplitude of 8-10°C.

Humidity: Sustain humidity levels of 80-85% year-round to support healthy growth.

Substrate and Repotting: Grow in hanging pots or on battens filled with loose, quick-drying substrate. Opt for supports to maintain plant positioning, allowing roots to grow and hang freely without pruning for aesthetic purposes.

Watering: Water generously during active growth, ensuring rapid substrate drying post-watering to prevent desiccation or waterlogging. Mimic moderate to heavy rainfall patterns.

Fertilization: During active growth, fertilize weekly with 1/4-1/2 of the recommended orchid fertilizer dose. Adjust nitrogen content in spring to mid-summer and phosphorus content in late summer and autumn.

Rest Period: In winter, reduce watering, especially in darker conditions typical of higher latitudes. Limit fertilization until new growth emerges in spring, signaling the start of more abundant watering.

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

By adhering to these cultivation tips, you can cultivate and admire the beauty ofTrichoglottis brachiata, bringing a touch of the Philippines' natural splendor into your space.

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