Lycaste Orchids Care Sheet

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Light: Intermediate to bright

Lycaste Orchids prefer bright shade, rather than direct sun, as their thin leaves might burn easily. Good ventilation will prevent burns by lowering the temperature on the surface of leaves. Bright green leaves indicate an adequate amount of light, while yellow leaves can mean too much light.

Temperature60º F (16º C) to 82º F(28º C)

Some Lycaste hybrids, like the Lycaste macrophylla hybrids, will tolerate temperatures up to 90º F(32º C) for short periods of time, but the most apropriate range is between 60º F (16º C) and 80º F(26º C).

Water: As the medium approaches dryness

The medium should be almost dry before re watering, but don’t keep Lycaste orchids dry for long periods of time. Deciduous Lycaste orchids will prefer to dry out between waterings when in their winter rest. Young plants and seedlings will requite to stay more moist than mature Lycaste orchids.

Humidity: 50%-80%

Humidity of above 50% will be beneficial for Lycaste orchids, but with increased humidity, higher ventilation should be provided to avoid bacterial and fungal diseases.

Other notes:

Fertilising this orchid can be done by providing a balanced fertilizer (10-10-10) at half strenght, to avoid root burns. For deciduous Lycaste withhold feeding when in their dormant period (as the leaves fall) and resume when new growth starts to emerge.

The potting media should be water retentive but allow good air circulation to avoid suffocating the roots. Mixtures containing bark, coconut husk, sphagnum moss and perlite are often used. The ratio will depend on environmental conditions. These orchids will not produce many aerial roots, so make sure the orchid is not potted to high in the pot. Some growers prefer to pot the base of the new growth deeper in the pot so that new roots will have moisture around to develop properly. Repotting is best done when new growths are about 4 or 5 inches tall.

Lycaste Aromatica is one of the most known orchid in this species, for its bright yellow flowers and vanilla fragrance.


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