Epidendrum radicans 'Pink'

Firestar orchid 'Pink'

Epidendrum radicans 'Pink'

Firestar orchid 'Pink'

  • Undemanding orchid from Central and South America
  • Grows naturally on soil and rocks
  • Densely leafed shoots
  • Striking pink flowers
  • Flower size 2.5 cm
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Description

Epidendrum radicans is a magnificently flowering wild orchid that is native from Mexico across the Central American land bridge to Colombia and Venezuela. Unlike other Epidendrum species, it does not grow in nature as an epiphyte on trees, but on soil and rocks (epilithic). It occurs at around 900 - 2500 metres, often in open areas between grasses and rocks and on roadsides at the edge of oak-pine forests and mountain rainforests. This orchid usually blooms between autumn and spring and typically has bright orange flowers with a yellow lip. The cultivar 'Pink', on the other hand, has purple-pink flowers with a white and yellow lip. The plant forms a rhizome with upright to arching, somewhat reed-like shoots densely covered with oval to elliptical, leathery leaves. The shoots can grow to a height of around 1 to 1.5 metres, but the height depends very much on the growing conditions. The shoot tips can form roots and new rhizomes on the ground. Dense, umbel-like inflorescences form at the tips of the shoots with a number of flowers that open one after the other.

The "Reed orchid", as Epidendrum radicans is also known after its somewhat reed-like stems, is a hardy and adaptable orchid species that is suitable for various tropical and subtropical terrarium types. It can be kept as an epiphyte, but according to its origin it is best treated as a ground plant or rock-sitter (lithophyte). Its densely and regularly leafy shoots, which are at least 30 cm tall, make an interesting sight in a bright spot in terrariums that are not too small, and this orchid is particularly attractive during the flowering period with its dense purple-pink flower clusters.

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Epidendrum radicans
Cultivation options Terrestrial, epilithic (sitting on rock) or potted in well-drained substrate
Growth height approx. 30 - 100 cm
Temperature approx. 15 to 28 °C; nightly temperature reduction as well as a somewhat drier, cooler phase in winter are advantageous
Humidity Over 50 %, with good ventilation
Light requirement Bright, but without full sun when cultivated in daylight
Watering Mounted: spray or dip about 3 - 5 times a week, allow to dry in between. Pot culture: water about once a week, avoid waterlogging
Fertilising In the summer months with every second watering Orchid and Tillandsia Fertiliser
Suitable for Various subtropical and tropical terrariums
Cultivation options
Terrestrial, epilithic (sitting on rock) or potted in well-drained substrate
Growth height
approx. 30 - 100 cm
Temperature
approx. 15 to 28 °C; nightly temperature reduction as well as a somewhat drier, cooler phase in winter are advantageous
Humidity
Over 50 %, with good ventilation
Light requirement
Bright, but without full sun when cultivated in daylight
Watering
Mounted: spray or dip about 3 - 5 times a week, allow to dry in between. Pot culture: water about once a week, avoid waterlogging
Fertilising
In the summer months with every second watering Orchid and Tillandsia Fertiliser
Suitable for
Various subtropical and tropical terrariums

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Item no.
192.0368.01
EAN
Weight 0,04 kg
Shipping weight 0,80 kg

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