Cleopatra Orchid - growing rules
There are several types of orchids that differ in the rare color of the flower. One of these varieties is the Phalaenopsis Cleopatra orchid.
Phalaenopsis Cleopatra orchid cultivation
Characteristic varieties Cleopatra
The main distinguishing feature of the variety is its amazing coloring and long flowering period. The height of the stem reaches 65 cm. The length of the peduncle is not more than 48 cm. On each arrow there are flowers of medium size, each of which is 8 mm in diameter.
Cleopatra orchid has one color. According to the description, violet spots of the same size and regular shape are arranged in a uniform manner on a white sheet.
The density of the points is different, the closer to the free edge, the greater their density. The heart of the flower is unusual in shape and painted in purple.
Leaves and roots
The root system of gray-green or bright green is well developed. The leaves are dense, fleshy. Saturated green color, oval in shape and an acute angle at the end.
Growing Phalaenopsis Cleopatra at home is possible, however, it should be noted that the variety is capricious, requires a certain amount of time and proper care.
An orchid is an epiphyte flower that lives off other plants.
To plant a variety, you should buy or prepare a special substrate and a pot. The roots of Phalaenopsis love sunlight and oxygen, so it is better to plant the plant in a transparent container with a large number of holes.
The roots of Cleopatra grow in width, the pot should be shallow and not narrow. The bottom of the tank is filled with drainage (about 1.5 fingers) or river pebbles. Orchids are grown in two ways: seeds or sprouts.
Growing a flower with seeds is a painstaking process. A special box is pre-treated, the prepared soil is poured and the seed is planted. The container is tightly closed until the first sunrise. Orchid is characterized by a long period of growth and vegetation. After 1.5 - 2 years, the plant is transplanted into a special pot.
The sprout should have a weak root system, 3-5 leaves on a column and an outward healthy appearance. Planted in a prepared pot, after treating the roots with a nutrient solution. After planting, the plant is watered abundantly and the usual care of the plant begins.
Flower loves moisture
phalaenopsis needs proper care:
- Temperature mode. The plant loves an average air temperature of 20 ° C to 25 ° C. At night, the temperature should not be higher than 18 ° C and not lower than 10 ° C. Orchid will not survive frosts or summer heat. Drafts should be avoided, but remember to ventilate the room.
- A place. It should be bright, but without direct sunlight. Orchid dies from their influence. The pot should not stand over a hot battery, otherwise the plant will dry. Optimum humidity is 70-80%.
- Fertilizer and top dressing. The flower needs additional elements. Special ready-made mixtures for orchids will help.
- Water the plant regularly and correctly. She loves humidity. The average frequency of watering a flower is 1-2 times per month.
Pruning and transplanting
Cleopatra, like other phalaenopsis, periodically needs a transplant. To do this, you must first prepare the pot, rotten roots and trimmed and treated with a special solution. After that, put the flower in a new pot and continue the usual courtship of the orchid.
Cut the orchid after flowering all the buds. Peduncles cut, this will help the plant bloom in the next season.
Diseases and Pests
Pests are possible due to improper care. Sunburn, excess moisture, or an irregular shape of the pot can lead to the death of the plant.
Orchid juice attracts many parasites. It affects: aphids, ticks, scale insects, etc. To avoid these troubles, you need to use special solutions and ready-made mixtures.
The best preventive maintenance is proper care. Timely transplanting and pruning, proper watering and temperature conditions will not give the plant reasons to worsen its condition.
Orchid Phalaenopsis Cleopatra is characterized by high decorative qualities. Cleopatra, like other orchids, is moody in leaving. If you fulfill all the requirements, the plant will live a long period of time.