Scaphosepalum rinkei 2in (mature)
Scaphosepalum rinkei is a species orchid from Venezuela that produces tiny yellow and orange flowers from the base of the leaves. It prefers high humidity and will thrive in low-medium light. A good candidate for vivariums and terrariums. Will stay very compact. Almost continuously in bloom.
Potting mix: Long fiber sphagnum or fine bark LFS mix, potted or mounted.
Light: Medium - shade. If given ample water and humidity, some dappled direct light is tolerated but it generally prefers shady conditions.
Water: Water frequently in hot months before the media fully dries. Do not allow to dry out completely. Decrease in cold months and keep an eye out for rot. Water every day or every other day if mounted.
Temp: Cool-warm (50F min, 90F max day).
Humidity: 50-80%, prefers high humidity. Ensure good air circulation. For terrarium growing, open and allow the vessel to "breathe" once a week or install a fan (for larger terrarium builds).
Fertilizing: 1/4 strength urea-free fertilizer, every other or every watering as new roots and leaves emerge. Run clean tap water through the growing media once monthly to prevent salt buildup.