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Discussion in 'Orchid Identification Section' started by Chris Holt, Nov 30, 2019.
This orchid is tagged Bif. Harrisoniae x lyc. Virginalis Alba is it and what care should I give it
If it is that cross it needs what is called intermediate temperatures, ranging from the middle 60F at night to the middle 70F as the highest temperature during the day. It is always a challenge to grow orchids with long internodes, as they escape from even the biggest pot and mount in a short time. I would give it plenty of water when growing but after growth is complete I would cut back to watering when the media is starting to dry. These plants need plenty of fertilizing when growing, I use high nitrogen fertilizer with my Lycastes. When they growth is finished I cut out the fertilizer. I have read that Bifrenaria needs strong sun to bloom, but I have never grown it. My Lycastes get full sun until 10 am and them they are shaded from the strong midday sun by shade cloth.
I find it difficult to believe that it is the cross it is labeled. Neither of the parents have a climbing habit nor long internodes between growths.
The habit looks alot like Zygopetalum maxillare.
I agree with Marni. The tag is probably incorrect. Unfortunately, I am not sure what it could be. I was thinking a Maxillaria of some sort. Maybe look up the Zygo Kelly mentioned for some cultural ideas.
You could also send a picture to vendor for guidance.
Several Maxillariella [syn. Maxillaria] have that sort of growth habit. Your plant may be Maxillariella elatior [syn. Max. elatior]