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Orchid 'Polystachya pubescens'

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Polystachya pubescens
Polystachya pubescens is a small orchid species from South Africa. This species produces erect inflorescences on top of the pseudobulbs. Flowers are yellow to gold, with red to orange, horizontal striations on the upper tepals. This species is cultivated easily in greenhouses, outside or indoors.
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Polystachya pubescens
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Polystachya pubescens Polystachya pubescens
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

Polystachya pubescens is a small species from the orchid family. This sympodial orchid forms multiple elliptical, erect pseudobulbs. From each pseudobulb, two to three leathery, lancet-shaped leaves are formed that show a deep running vein. In between the leaves, when the pseudobulb is mature an erect inflorescence could arise. The species flowers from early autumn to winter. The lightly hairy inflorescence reaches around 25 centimeter in length and carries up to eight flowers. Flowers are yellow to golden and show a remarkable, horizontal, red to orange striation on the upper tepals. The flowers produce a pleasant honey-like scent.
Height:
14 cm
14 cm
Width:
10 cm
10 cm
Adult height:
40 cm
40 cm
Adult width:
10 cm
10 cm
Flower colour:
Red
red
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

Polystachya pubescens grows naturally in South Africa on elevations of 1500 meters. The species grows on exposed rocky outcrops as epiphyte or sometimes as lithophyte. It is an easy to grow species for cool greenhouses, outside or in the living room. Make sure the temperature stays between 12 and 3 degrees Celsius. This species is not severely affected by low humidity. Allow for excellent ventilation. This orchid requires bright indirect light; try to avoid direct mid-day sun. Pot the plant in an airy mix for epiphytes. In between waterings it is possible to let the soil dry out a bit. Fertilize weekly with specialized orchid fertilizer, half the recommended dosage.
Care:
Easy
easy
Place:
Indoor
indoor
Light:
No direct sun
no direct sun
Light:
Semi sun
semi sun
Watering:
Normal
normal
Watering tips:
Not standing in water
not standing in water
Maintenance:
Can be pruned
can be pruned
Air circulation:
Large
large
Place:
Artificial lighting
artificial lighting
Air humidity at day:
60-90%
60-90%
Air humidity at night:
70-90%
70-90%
Temperature max:
30 °C
30 °C
Temperature min:
15 °C
15 °C
Fertilize:
Medium
medium
Soil ph:
<6-7>
<6-7>
Soil type:
Mixed
mixed
Repotting:
After 1 year
after 1 year
 

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