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Orchid 'Prosthechea cochleata (Epidendrum cochleatum)'

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Prosthechea cochleata (Epidendrum cochleatum)
This orchid is also referred to as octopus-orchid. Epidendrum cochleatum gets this name from its shell shaped lip and tentacle shaped petals. This isn't the only aspect of the orchid which makes it so striking. The flowers are also inverted, which means the lip is on top of the flower. Epidendrum cochleatum is found almost everywhere in Central America and is even the emblem plant of Belize.
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Prosthechea cochleata
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Plant type
flowering plant
Place
indoor
Place
artificial lighting
Adult width:
10 cm
Light
no direct sun
Light
semi sun
Watering
normal
Properties
limited

Product info

In the northern area of South America and the tropical parts of Central America Epidendrum cochleatum can be found in the wild. The orchid has an inverted flower. The elongated curled white petals grow from at the bottom of the flower for this reason. The lip covers the pollen of the flower and has a dark purple colour with white stripes over its length. Its dark colour resulted it being named 'the black orchid' in Belize, where Epidendrum cochleatum is the national emblem. The bulbs are even eaten there. These bulbs produce leathery leaves with a length of 30 centimetre. 2 or 3 flowers grow at a time and can blossom for months.
Height:
6 cm
6 cm
Width:
5 cm
5 cm
Adult height:
40 cm
40 cm
Adult width:
10 cm
10 cm
Flower period:
All year
all year
Product type:
Plant
plant
Plant type:
Flowering plant
flowering plant
Growth habit:
Climbing
climbing
Growth habit:
Epifytical
epifytical
Growth rate:
Normal
normal
Araflora info:
Botanical
botanical
Properties:
Limited
limited
Natural habitat:
South America
South America
Altitude range:
0-1000 m
0-1000 m

Plant care

Place Epidendrum cochleatum in a light spot, out of direct sunlight. The humidity should be quite high, around 80%. The ideal temperature for Epidendrum cochleatum is around 25⁰C. Don't let the temperature drop below 15⁰C or rise above 30⁰C. For the best results, water the plant using rainwater or distilled water whenever the substrate dries slightly. In practice this will be watering three to five times a week. Together with a proper humidity, this will help prevent infections and disease. Orchid-mix will be a suitable substrate. You can find this and other components in our ‘Plant Accessories’ section. Make sure moisture is able to drain from it. This orchid needs little or no fertilizer. Old flowers can be cut from the plant.
Care:
Normal
normal
Place:
Indoor
indoor
Light:
No direct sun
no direct sun
Light:
Semi sun
semi sun
Watering:
Normal
normal
Watering tips:
Free draining mixture
free draining mixture
Watering tips:
Not standing in water
not standing in water
Water spraying:
Water spraying
water spraying
Maintenance:
Prune dead stalks
prune dead stalks
Air circulation:
Normal
normal
Place:
Artificial lighting
artificial lighting
Air humidity at day:
60-90%
60-90%
Air humidity at night:
70-100%
70-100%
Temperature max:
30 °C
30 °C
Temperature min:
15 °C
15 °C
Fertilize:
Low
low
Artificial light height:
10-30cm
10-30cm
Soil ph:
<5-7>
<5-7>
Soil type:
Open
open
 

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