How to grow Monkey face orchid

Monkey face orchid growing epiphytic rhizome leaf plant of the genus Dracula also known as Monkey orchid, Dracula simia, Monkey orchid perennial evergreen used as ornamental plant, grow in subtropical climate and growing in hardiness zone 10-11.

Leaves color green the leaves fleshy in linear shape.

Monkey face orchid flower

Flower shape remind Monkey face, orchid flower color can be: black, purple, red, blue, pink, white, orange, yellow, brown or green, the flower can be in more than one color it can be stripes, dots or shapeless, in order to see Monkey face orchid need some imagination

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Care requirements for growing Monkey face orchid:

Cold temp: 6-8c night 20c day (not hot summer), high humidity 65%+, soil sphagnum moss with little bark, the pot need to be open (with big holes) for the flowers and growth

How to grow monkey face orchids
Plant / Seeds – require a lot and mostly what there is in the market it’s fake / Vegetative Reproduction – Start from daughter plants

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
No, but really hard to start from seeds

Difficulties/Problems with growing Monkey orchid plant:
Very specific requirement

Planting season:
All year

Pests and diseases:
Aphids

Pruning season:
All year

How to prune:
Dead leaves, roots and bloom stem

Size of the plant?
20-50 cm, 12-20 inches

Growth speed in Monkey face orchid:
Medium growing

Irrigation Water Management:
Big amount of water, high humidity

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Shade (light)

It is possible to grow Monkey orchid plant indoor?
Yes

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:
Yes

How to grow monkey face orchids in containers
When choose container need to choose with a lot of holes from the side and down, need to hang the container because the flowers go from up, down and the sides, transparent container it’s important will be possible to see the condition of the roots, need to use orchid soil or other lightly soil like peat moss, coconut and more, watering mostly will be with spray

Blooming information

When does Monkey face orchid bloom?
All year, need to give the right condition and better not to induce the plant to bloom all the time it will kill the plant

General information about the flower
Monkey face flowers, the flower color can be: black, purple, red, blue, pink, white, orange, yellow, brown or green, the flower can be in more than one color it can be stripes, dots or shapeless

How do you plant monkey face orchid seeds

Sowing requirement:
Bottle and agar agar, need to sterilize all and treat it like lab to work with clean gloves and mask, and led light it’s important.

Another way to grow from seeds but less chance of germinate Orchid soil or coconut soil need to sterilize in the microwave and also the container but if it’s not possible microwave need to put in hot water, 20C-25C day, high humidity 65%+, soil sphagnum moss with little bark but better to use flask

Before planting need to know:
Seeds small like dust and most of the seller sale fake seeds, bigger than this it’s just seeds of something else, really hard to find real seeds to buy, and to grow them also hard, because that seeds require a lot in order to germinate

Saving seeds until sowing:
Dry location in dark, seeds don’t have long shelf life

Sowing season:
Spring / Summer / Autumn, mostly it need to be sown in the right temperature

Planting spacing:
It’s impossible to know how many seeds you have try to move the powder for few pots

Depth of Sowing:
On the soil better not to cover, but better to cover the pot with plastic wrap that will keep the humidity and moist

Conditions for seeds germinate:
High humidity 80%+

Watering requires for Seeds:
Average amount of water – better not pour water seeds are small and can be washed down, when cover the plant plastic wrap better not to open it, so better to water from the bottom of the pot to let the soil absorb the water and take the water out when finish watering, ,

Germination time:
At least 4 weeks

Condition of seedling:
Like mature plant, but better to spray the water and not pour

Scientific name:

Dracula simia

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