Prosthechea cochleata growing epiphytic orchid leaf plant of the genus Encyclia also known as Clamshell orchid or Encyclia cochleata, Prosthechea cochleata perennial evergreen used as ornamental cut flower plant, can grow in tropic, subtropics climate or as houseplant and growing in hardiness zone 10-12.
Leaves color green in linear to elliptic shape in the base of the leaves there is like bulb.
Prosthechea cochleata flowers
Flower color red-purple to black “the head” and “the hands” green-yellow, dancer and some cultivars in shape of octopus head with five arms, flower can survive one month.
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Requirements for Prosthechea cochleata growing and care:
Recommend temperature at day time 22C (71F) – 30C (85F) at night time 12C (55F) – 20C (68F), moist, 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 cork before start to become compost and acid, recommend to use Styrofoam to give air for the root, drained soil, more than 50% humidity
What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seedling / 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
All year (in places that the winter too cold and the summer to hot better to start in the spring)
Pests and diseases:
Aphids, spider mite
How to prune:
Old yellow leaves, after the bloom cut the stem
Size of the plant?
20-60 cm, 12-24 inches
Growth speed in optimal condition:
Small amount of water
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Shade (with a lot of light)
Is it possible to grow as houseplant?
Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:
Most of the year as long given the right temperatures and different between temperature night and the day
General information about the flower
Dancer to octopus shape flower like: octopus head with five arms, color red-purple to black “the head” and “the hands” green-yellow