Friday, 31 August 2012

Psychopsis Mariposa 'Green Valley'



Psychopsis are known as the butterfly orchid and its fairly easy to see why! Mariposa means butterfly in Spanish. Psychopsis Mariposa is a hybrid between Psychopsis papilio and Psychopsis Kalihi, Psychopsis only has one flower open at a time per spike. Rarely, two flowers at a time can be open on one spike, but it is more common to have one flower open, with the next bud waiting for the flower to drop off, before it will open.



Psychopsis Mariposa should be kept in shade in a well drained orchid compost mix or alternatively mounted. If potted, it is best to use a potting media such as chopped sphagnum, tree fern fibers, fir bark, charcoal or perlite. Water the plant every two to three days. Psychopsis Mariposa prefers warmer temperatures, it can tolerate medium to cool temperatures with high humidity during the summer months. Water regularly in spring to autumn but you must reduce watering over the winter period and let the pot dry out completely before watering again to avoid rot.

2 comments:

  1. Hi Mark and Gaz, if you didn't say it is Psychopsis (which i don't know yet), i will say it is an Oncidium with just its morphology, looking like a dancing lady. But please excuse me, the species is always in small caps, hehe, :-)) There is an ongoing Philippine Orchid Show now near us here in Quezon City. I am again excited for this weekend! Come Mark, we will visit it together.

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  2. Andrea, somehow I missed your comment, i hope you enjoyed the Philippine Orchid Show, did you take lots of photos?

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