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From: Natasha Simpson - Egypt
Date: 07 Jun 1999
Remote Name: 126.96.36.199
You may find a picture of Cochleanthes mazonica at http://orchidspecies.com/orphotdir/cochamazonica.jpg
This is some culture info I found: ================================== Name: Cochleanthes amazonica Light: L-M Color: white, purple, blue Temperature: I Bloom Season: W-S
This is a plant native to the Amazon Basin, mostly in Peru and Ecuador. This plant has no pseudobulbs for storage, and the thin wide leaves require that moisture be available at the roots at all times. The flowers are large, white, and the lip has some blue veins in it. Usually each stem produces about three flowers that are 3-4" in size.
LIGHT This is a lower light plant and will tolerate light conditions as for phalaenopsis. Light levels from 750-1000 footcandles.
TEMPERATURE This is an intermediate temperature plant, and does well in nighttime temperature between 60-63 degrees, and day temperatures in the 70-'s or low 80's.
HUMIDITY Because of the thin leaves and the lack of water storage in pseudobulbs, this plant requires humidity in the 50-75% range.
WATER Cochleanthes like clean water, that is, rain, distilled or R.O. (reverse osmosis) water. If your municipal water has a PH of 7.5 or lower, your plant will probably do well. Since these plants have no pseudobulbs or thick leaves for water storage, it is best to keep them on the moist side. Allow the medium to approach dryness only.
FERTILIZER Use a 20-10-20 GrowMore Urea-Free every third time you water.
FLOWERING Flowering season can be at any time of the year, but usually begins in the fall and continues off and on through spring. During the warmer months of summer, these plants will probably stop flowering altogether and just grow foliage.
REPOTTING This plant will grow well in a rockwool mix consisting of ParGro granular rockwool with 35% perlite added and 10% charcoal. It will also grow well in bark mixes as long as you keep the plant moist enough or add some poultry grade peat to your mix.
Good Luck, Natasha
P.S. Isn't this a great site!
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