Prosthechea (Encyclia) radiata '#1' x radiata 'NG' 4in
Prosthechea radiata (previously Encyclia radiata) has long-lasting resupinate (upside-down) flowers with a bubblegum/root beer fragrance. Native to Mexico, this species grows up in trees and prefers very good drainage with quick wet to dry cycles. This is a particularly attractive cultivar. Ideal for mounting or basket growing, but will do well in a slatted pot with chunky bark and lava rocks. We have had success growing in a ventilated pot with medium-coarse bark mix.
PROSTHECHEA RADIATA CARE:
Potting mix: Coarse bark and lava rocks, mounted, or in a Vanda box/aerated pot. Repot once every couple years as the substrate breaks down if grown in a pot. These do not like to be moved.
Light: Bright indirect - partial direct light. Place within 3 feet of a window or plant light. Likes a lot of light. Protect leaves from direct sun exposure that exceeds 6 hours.
Water: Water in hot months when media is fully dry. Be careful not to overwater if grown potted. Similar watering to Cattleya.
Temp: Intermediate-warm (55F min night, 90F max day).
Humidity: 30-60%, tolerant of low humidity.
Fertilizing: Heavy feeding Spring-Summer. 1/2-1/4 strength urea-free fertilizer, every other watering as new roots and leaves emerge. Decrease or stop in winter as growth slows. Flush the pot with clean tap water once monthly to remove mineral build up.