For the best cultivation of these orchids keep in a partially shady place, but quite bright; in winter they should be kept in the house, or in a temperate greenhouse, possibly at temperatures close to 15°C; in summer it is best to place them in a cool and windy position, as they fear excessively high temperatures. The temperatures suitable for the cultivation of these orchids are between 12 and 24 °C.
- Some species of orchids have very special flowers, with a curved labellum, closed to form a kind of shoe; orchids with cup-shaped lips belong to three main genus of orchids.
- The genus cattleya orchids counts about fifty species of epiphytes and lithophytes, native to South America; they are equipped with fleshy pseudobulbs, which may have dimensions close to the 5-7 cm, with a …
- It is a genus that includes many epiphytic orchids, originating in the wetlands and mountains of South America, from Mexico to Peru.
They do not have pseudubulbs and the leaves are long and narrow, they are not…
- The genus Laelia includes about 50-60 species of orchids, mainly epiphytic, native to Central America, very similar to the cattleya. These varieties form dense tufts of pseudobulbs, which are often found in the…
It is important to water regularly, avoiding soaking the soil too much and letting the substrate dry between one watering and the other so that there is no possibility of waterlogging; every 15-20 days provide specific fertilizer for orchids mixed with water of watering. During the warm periods of the year, and in the months when the domestic heating is on, it is good to increase the ambient humidity, often vaporizing the leaves with demineralized water.
Dryadella orchids are epiphytic varieties, they grow in nature on the barks of other plants, with aerial roots and not buried.
To cultivate this kind of orchid, place it in small containers, filled with crushed bark, sphagnum and vegetable fibre; the rhizomatous roots tend to widen a lot, therefore it is advisable to repot the plants every 2-3 years, so as to replace the old substratum which, with the passing of time, tends to lose its characteristics and to no longer provide the necessary support to the roots.
The reproduction of these orchids takes place by division, in spring, or, in any case, after the flowering; the new plants thus produced are to be immediately repotted in a single container, utilizing sphagnum, crushed bark and perlite as ideal substratum for their development. It is advisable, in order to obtain good results, not to use ample containers, as we have seen that the orchids tend to grow better with a small pot.
Dryadella: Pests and diseases
The orchid of this kind can be affected by root rot or cochineal; to intervene with the elimination of these pests, if the spread is contained, you can use a cloth with alcohol to pass on the leaves to remove directly the cochineals. In case specific products are used, take care to vaporize with moderation, mainly on the leaves. Root rot, on the contrary, can be caused by an excess of watering or by an unsuitable substratum.