Scientific name: Sarcochilus
Sold in small plastic pot.
Light: These are shade loving, cool growing orchids. which thrive with plenty of air movement and humidity so trying to replicate the Sarcs natural environment is beneficial to their success.
Humidity: Sarcochilus need to be misted daily to achieve the ideal humidity of 60% if they are not kept in a terrarium.
Water: Water with rain water or reverse osmosis water if possible. Sarcochilus has no pseudobulbs and so cannot withstand long periods without water. They are surprisingly resilient due to their thick leaves and fleshy roots which enable them to survive short dry spells and watering routines should reflect this. Lack of water is less critical if high levels of humidity are maintained. These orchids require plenty of water when in active growth but during winter, when they cease growth, watering once each week is ample. Care should be taken not to wet the flowers when watering, especially in dull, still weather
Fertilizer: Fertilize weakly (about 1/8 strength) once per week for three out of four in a month. The fourth week is for flushing out any build up of salts and any food left thus minimizing the chance of burning the roots. Towards winter, feed twice monthly decreasing to once per month during winter. Most fertilisers are suitable and the following have been used with little problem - Aquasol, Nitrosol, fish emulsion and similar products. A little extra Epsom Salts and iron chelates occasionally does no harm
Please note that these plants require regular watering. For this reason we only dispatch these orders on a Monday and Tuesday (to areas outside of Cape Town) so that the plants do not risk spending the weekend at the courier depot. Please contact us if you are unsure at firstname.lastname@example.org