Oncostele grow and care – orchid leaf plant of the genus Oncostele also known as Oncostele orchid, Oncostele perennial evergreen used as ornamental plant, can grow in tropic, subtropics, mediterranean climate greenhouse or as houseplant and growing in hardiness zone 11-12.
Leaves color green in in oval shape the leaf fleshy grow on like a bulb.
Flower color can be: yellow, orange, purple, brown, red, pink, white, black or mostly more than one color it can be stripes, dots or shapeless, flower shape its five narrow petals linear to elliptic and one petal in apron shape with decoration.
Recommend temperature at day time 18C (65F) – 24C (75F) at night time 10C (50F) – 15C (60F) can survive more than 5C, high humidity, change old soil, cork soil, bark or bark chip, transparent pot, pot in that will be fit (not too big) room temperature water, clean water (rain water), when change pot need to cut the dead root, need to change cork before start to become compost and acid, recommend to use Styrofoam to give air for the root, drained soil
What is the best way to start growing? Plant / Seeds / Vegetative Reproduction
Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction? No, but really hard to start from seeds
Difficulties or problems when growing: Need to change the pots and the roots grow once a year, better not to put it directly in big pot
Planting season: All year
Pests and diseases: Aphids, spider mite
Pruning season: After bloom
How to prune: Old yellow leaves, after the bloom cut the stem 2 cm after the bloom dies
Size of the plant? 20-60 cm, 12-24 inches
Growth speed in optimal condition: Slow growing
Water requirement: Average amount of water
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing: Full Shade (a lot of light)
Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant? Yes
Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers: Yes
Bloom season: Most of the year (in climate with different between the summer and the winter will bloom in the spring and the autumn)
General information about the flower Apron shape with decoration petal and five narrow petals linear to elliptic, color can be: yellow, orange, purple, brown, red, pink, white, black or mostly more than one color it can be stripes, dots or shapeless