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Angraecum

This page is meant to give you information and some useful tips about the care of the Angraecum. You will also find all the Angraecum species we offer in our assortment.

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Derivation of the name

The name of the Angraecum derives from the Malaysian word ‘Anggrek’, which is used to describe numerous kinds of epiphytic orchids.

Features and origin

Angraecum is a gender with around 220 species. Most of them can be found in tropical Africa and Madagascar. However, these species can also be found on the Comores, the Seyhchelles and the Mascarenes. They occur in between sea level and 2000 metres in humid areas. Most of the Angreacum are epiphytes, but some are lithophytes.
The flowers grow in branches from the leaf axils and generally scent very intensely during the night. They are usually white, but some are yellow, green or ochre. Furthermore all flowers of the species in this gender have a long offshoot at the back of the lip. Because the Angreacum is adapted to dry, tropical forests, they generally tend to have rather fleshy leafs.

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Care tips

Place

Put the Angraecum on a warm, very bright place where they will be protected against direct afternoon sunlight in summer.

Temperature

During the day, a temperature in between 26,5℃ and 28,5℃ is best and in the evening this can be brought down to around in between 15,5℃ and 18,5℃.

Humidity

We advise a humidity of more or less 60-80%. This varies per species within the gender.

Water

Keep the Angraecum evenly humid by misting the soil when it’s dry during winter. In summer and spring, you can start watering the Angraecum more. In summer, it is best to make sure the Angraecum is dry before you start watering again.

Fertilizer

Fertilize once a week lightly during spring and summer.
The fertilizer is important, because there won’t be enough sunlight for the Angraecum. Normally, the sunlight provides the Angraecum with sugars that are essential to create the growth of flower branches. Therefore it’s harder for the Angraecum to start blooming without the fertilizer.

Repotting

Species with fleshy roots may be repotted every two years in rough bark fraction 4. For a even better result, the soil can be sifted when repotting
Species with thin roots need a mix that consists of 60% rough bark fraction 4, 20% bark fraction 2 en 20% sphagnum. With this mixture, the roots wil dry out less quickly.