Renanthera monachica (basket)
Renanthera monachica is a miniature variety from the Philippines that enjoys very bright light and high temps and humidity. Small orange and yellow flowers are produced from under the new leaves in winter that are non-fragrant but last a while. They experience a 4-month drought period in winter and must be misted only occasionally. Do not trim roots unless absolutely necessary as this stunts growth substantially.
This is a small plant with approximately 4 leaves and is being grown in a basket mostly bare root with high humidity. Near blooming size.
Potting mix: Coarse bark with charcoal and perlite added to speed drying. Also enjoys growing bare root from baskets or hanging on cork. 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: Bright indirect light. Bright direct North or East facing or shaded South/West facing.
Water: Water when media is dry. Prefers wet/dry cycle. Decrease in winter, this variety likes to have a 3-4 month rest period in winter.
Temp: Hot-warm (65F min night, 90F max day).
Humidity: 80-90% with good air flow. 60-70% in rest period.
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.