Phalaenopsis cornu-cervi var. vini 'Wan-Kou' (meristem) 4in
Phalaenopsis cornu-cervi var. vini 'Wan-Kou' or the "Deer Antlered Phalaenopsis" is a lightly fragrant, dark red cultivar native to Southeast Asia. It grows in lowland marshy areas and on limestone. Unusual spikes with waxy pendant flowers that are small but numerous. Compact plant, floriferous with a variable blooming season, but generally blooms in Spring or Summer. Great for those who grow grocery store Phals successfully. Very uncommon variety. Sequential bloomer that will continue to bloom after dropping as long as the spikes are green. Single flowers last up to a month and open one after the other.
Meristem clones is a tissue culture method that results in progeny very similar to the parent, if not identical in flower color and quality. Plant is blooming size and may vary from pictured. Unless stated, will not be in bloom.
Potting mix: Coarse/fine bark with some sphagnum moss added to slow drying, mounted with moss. Repot in Spring once every other year as the bark begins to break down. Don't move up in pot size until fully root bound.
Light: Medium light. Bright North or East facing is preferred. Shield from direct light to protect the leaves from burning.
Water: Water when media is dry. Prefers wet/dry cycle similar to most Phals. Decrease in winter, this variety likes to have a rest period.
Temp: Intermediate-warm (50F min night, 85F max day). A sustained cool period of 10-15 degrees lower for 1-2 weeks is necessary for re-blooming like many hybrid "grocery store" Phals. They often spike in winter and bloom in Spring.
Humidity: 50-80%, not picky with adequate watering.
Fertilizing: 1/4-1/2 strength urea-free fertilizer, every other watering as new roots and leaves emerge. Flush the pot with water once monthly to remove mineral build up. Decrease to 1/4 or 1/8 strength once monthly in Winter. Light feeders, less is more.