Zygopetalum orchids are becoming increasingly popular, preferring a relatively cool environment and a good filtered light that mimics the natural growing conditions, in the natural environment they grow in the dappled shade of forested areas early morning sun and late afternoon sun is OK but really try to avoid direct sun especially during the warmer parts of the day.
Zygopetalum orchids do not like to dry out completely, so watering is important.
Many hybrids are available including the well known Zygopetalum Arthur Elle, pictured right. They are also used as cut flowers.
Care and Culture
Zygopetalum Orchids are a glossy leafed orchid with fragrant flowers that require mild night time temperatures, originally from the higher altitudes of South America and can tolerate high temperatures as long as they are protected from direct harsh sunlight.
Easy to grow in cooler climates, Zygopetalums are an orchid that does not go dormant and requires moisture year round. At the same time good drainage is essential. Most growers use a medium pine bark as the main potting mixture, this provides the drainage.
You can buy specialist potting mixes for cymbidium orchids which is excellent for Zygos, and for most growers we recommend this.
Although Zygos grow well in cool climates they do not like cold wet winters. Hold back on the water diring winter and bring the pots into a sheltered position.
A 50% shade cloth will generally provide the right amount of light, so although good filtered light is required avoid strong direct sunlight.
A specialist orchid fertilizer applied at a diluted rate (50%) every week during the growing season will provide excellent results.
Named Varieties and Species
- Zygopetalum mackayi is a fragrant species from Brazil, beautiful flowers and easy to grow if water can be maintained.
- Zygopetalum intermedium is a very fragrant species.
- Zygopetalum crinitum is another popular species.
- Zygopetalum Aurter elle is one of the popular cultivars
- Zygopetalum Joseph Banks
- Zygopetalum elfin wade
Zygopetalum Orchids are available for sale form the following nurseries
27 Hackett Rd Three Bridges VIC 3797
Large range of cymbibium orchids. Masdevallia Seedlings & Species, Zygopetalum Alliance Hybrids, Odontoglossum Alliance Mericlones, Miscellaneous Genera Hybrids, Sphagnum Moss