Prosthechea vitellina

Manuelitos orchid

Prosthechea vitellina

Manuelitos orchid

  • Captivating orchid from Central America
  • Also known as Encyclia vitellina
  • Striking scarlet flowers
  • Flower size about 3 cm
  • Epiphyte for tropical montane forest terrariums
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Description

Prosthechea vitellina, also known as Encyclia vitellina, is a fascinating orchid species that is native to Mexico, the Central American land bridge, Colombia and Ecuador. It is known in Mexico under the name "Manuelitos". This species grows as an epiphyte in oak-pine mountain forests at altitudes of around 1400 to 2600 metres. A tuft of egg-shaped to conical, flattened pseudobulbs, each with two somewhat leathery, narrowly elliptical leaves at the tip, develops on a small rhizome with aerial and adhesive roots. The plant flowers from spring to autumn. The inflorescences, up to 45 cm long, appear at the tip of mature pseudobulbs and bear 4 to 12 striking, orange to deep scarlet-red, wide-open, long-lasting flowers.

Prosthechea vitellina originates from cooler altitudes and is recommended for terrariums that are not too warm and are kept cooler and drier during the winter, which promotes flowering. As a perching plant on branches and trunks, back and side walls, this wild form of orchid offers a magnificent sight during the flowering period.

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Prosthechea vitellina
Cultivation options Epiphytic or pot culture in orchid substrate
Growth height approx. 12 - 30 cm
Temperature approx. 15 to 25 °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, with daylight cultivation but without full sun
Watering Soft, calcium-poor water. 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 Subtropical and tropical montane forest terrariums
Cultivation options
Epiphytic or pot culture in orchid substrate
Growth height
approx. 12 - 30 cm
Temperature
approx. 15 to 25 °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, with daylight cultivation but without full sun
Watering
Soft, calcium-poor water. 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
Subtropical and tropical montane forest terrariums

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