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Psychopsis

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

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Derivation of the name

The name of this gender derives from the Greek words ‘psyche’ (butterfly) and ‘opsis’ (equal), which refers to the shape of the flower, which looks like a bright-coloured butterfly.

Features and origin

Psychopsis is a gender with only 4 species spread throughout the dry forests of Trinidad, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. They grow as epiphytes on stems and branches of trees. The flowers of this species look like large, bright-coloured butterflies. They have long, stretched petals, that look like antennas and large, wing-like sepals that are yellow- and brown-spotted. The pleated lip is large and quite remarkable.

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Care tips

Place

Psychopsis need a light place, where they are protected against direct sunlight. A soft air movement is desirable.

Temperature

They require a day temperature of in between 22 and 30°C. At night, a temperature of in between 16 and 20°C is ideal.

Humidity

We advise a humidity in between 30-65%. This varies per species within the gender.

Water

Keep the soil constantly humid in summer. This means that you water the plant at the moment the soil has almost dried up.
In winter, Psychopsis need a little less water. Think of around once every 14-20 days.  

Fertilizer

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

Repotting

When the Psychopsis start to grow out of their pot, it may be repotted in new sphagnum. Please mind that the pot is as small as possible, so that the sphagnum can vent and dry well. Creating another mix is also possible. This should consist out of for instance bark (60%), sphagnum (30%) and (10%) oak leaves. What works best depends on the care of the plant.

Pay attention! The flower branches of this gender must never be cut off! The plant creates its new flowers at the old flower stem.