Table of contents:
- Precious orchid Makodes petola Macodes Petola
- Precious orchid Makodes sanderiana Macodes sanderiana
- Goodyera hispida's precious orchid
Precious orchid Makodes petola Macodes Petola
A rare precious orchid. Homeland Malaysia and New Guinea, grows in the lower reaches of tropical forests in the shade of trees. At home, it grows in high humidity conditions on a litter of fallen leaves. The orchid is moisture-loving and thermophilic, optimally 22-29 C. When dry, it sheds its leaves and loses its decorative effect.
Has a light green background of leaves with bright gold veins that flicker in the sun. Reaches 7-8 cm in height (miniature). It blooms with inconspicuous small flowers, after which the rosette dies off, giving lateral shoots (children). Hairy roots.
Easy to grow. It develops slowly, but if planted in a small aquarium or greenhouse, development will accelerate.
The substrate must be breathable but retain moisture. Usually they are planted in clean sphagnum moss, but you can make a mix of small pine bark, sphagnum moss, spruce needles, leafy soil, mix everything in equal proportions, and the substrate is ready for use.
The diameter of the pot should not exceed 6 cm, otherwise the orchids will not be comfortable, Petola loves tightness. The pot must be plastic, salts do not linger in it.
Watering should be regular, soft water, as the substrate dries. The substrate should not be wet, but it should not be dry either.
You need to feed Macodes Petola very carefully so as not to burn the tender roots, 3-4 drops of fertilizer per 2 liters is enough. It should be fed from spring to autumn every 3 weeks, and from autumn to spring once every 5 weeks.
The plant is shade-tolerant, so you can place it deep in the room so that only diffused light falls on it.
They reproduce by children, formed from internodes, after flowering or drying.
Precious orchid Makodes sanderiana Macodes sanderiana
This is the largest and most spectacular precious orchid. Very rare, native to New Guinea. Grows in tropical rainforests.
Plant with oval, almost round leaves. The background of leaves in young plants is light green with pink-gold veins, the background darkens with age. In this orchid, the leaves grow up to 15 cm long and 7.5 cm wide.
This orchid is terrestrial, thermophilic, shade-tolerant. The substrate for planting must be breathable and moisture-retaining. It grows in my sphagnum moss, but you can plant it in a substrate made of bark, spruce needles, sphagnum moss, coal, mix and plant everything in equal proportions.
The pot should be plastic, 7-8 cm.
Water, in moderation, so that the substrate is moist, but not wet.
It is recommended to grow in high humidity in terrariums or greenhouses, although it grew quietly on my windowsill.
If the temperature of the content is high, then it is necessary to water abundantly, if the temperature of the content is low, then the watering should be reduced, but this will be fraught with the fact that the plant can throw off all the leaves.
Goodyera hispida's precious orchid
Small precious orchid. Grows in India, Bhutan and Vietnam in the lower reaches of evergreen forests. The plant is warm.
The background of the leaves is green, streaked with cold platinum veins that glow in the light. The plant has leaves 7 cm long and 3 cm wide, if the plant blooms, then the peduncle grows to a height of 10 cm and blooms with green-white flowers.
The orchid is terrestrial and can grow both in sphagnum moss and on stones, that is, it can be lithophyte (I grow in sphagnum moss).
After flowering, light drying is recommended so that new growths form from the rhizome (the base of the stem bulb). True, after drying, the orchid can throw off most of the foliage, which will somewhat spoil the appearance of the plant. After the appearance of a new growth, watering resumes in the same mode.
Since the plant is shade-tolerant, it is better to place the orchid not in direct sun, but deeper into the apartment, where there is diffused light.
Planting substrate is identical to Macodes Petola.
They reproduce identically.
Watering is regular, before flowering, so that the substrate is moist, but not wet, after flowering, light drying, until new growths appear, then watering is resumed.
Fertilized as Macodes Petola.