Zygopetalum Care: The Basics The Zygopetalum (zye-go-PET-ah-lum) orchid genus is very small and only contains 15 recognized species. Even though the number of species is small, there are an abundant number of Zygopetalum hybrids. Zygopetalums are very fragrant orchids and their fragrance can often fill an entire room. Zygopetalum orchids produce beautiful waxy-looking blooms. The blooms are usually green and brown striped or speckled, with a broad white velvety lip marked with purple, indigo, maroon, or fuchsia. The leaves are long, glossy, and strap-like. Zygopetalum foliage can grow to be nearly two feet tall and the inflorescence, which develops from the base of the pseudobulb, will usually grow even taller than the leaves. Zygopetalums are very specific in the type of care and requirements they need, however, if you have a bit of experience in caring for orchids you may want to try your hand at growing a beautiful Zygopetalum orchid. Water Requirements Watering frequency – as covered in this article about watering orchids – can be determined by a few different things. It is very important to not let Zygopetalum orchids dry out completely between waterings. While the orchid is in active growth, during the warmer months, you will want to water more frequently (approximately once a week), and less frequently in the cooler months when the orchid is not in active growth. Light Requirements As covered in this article about orchids care and light, Zygopetalums need bright but indirect light intensity in order to thrive. If your...
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