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Restrepia

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

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Derivation of the name

The name of this gender is dedicated to the Colombian politic José Manuel Restrepo Vélez by the German botanic Carl Sigismund Kunth in 1816.

Features and origin

Restrepia is a gender with around 54 species that can be found from Mexico to the North of Argentina. They are smaller epiphytes, rarely lithophytes, that grow on altitudes of in between 1800 and 2400 metres. They can mainly be found around open spaces with much light, near flowing water and on fallen trees or lower branches.
They can grow in fairly large bunches. These species don’t have pseudobulbs. The thick, upstanding leafs are elliptical of shape. The flowers develop one by one out of a leaf. The long, upstanding sepal ends in a wider point. Restrepia have fused lateral sepals that can be quite colourful: white, yellow, pink, purple, orange, or spotted with red, brown or purple colours. The long, lateral petals look like each other and end in a wider point. Numerous species, like Restrepia muscifera, are very different in shape, size and colour Not one population is the same. 

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Care tips

Place

Restrepia need a place with much shadow. They can for instance stand on a cooler windowsill, where they get daylight. In summer, Restrepia may also be kept outside under a roof. In winter, they need as much light as possible.

Temperature

In summer, the ideal day temperature is in between 18,5 and 25°C. In winter, this is around 10 to 15°C. please make sure that there is a mild drop in temperature of around 5 degrees during the night, in summer as well as in winter.

Humidity

We advise a humidity in between 40-80%. This varies per species within the gender.

Water

Keep the soil humid constantly. This means that you water the plant at the moment the soil has almost dried up.
In winter, these plants need a little less water, but make sure the plants don’t dry out completely.

Fertilizer

During the period of growth in summer, fertilizer may be used lightly once a month. In winter, Restrepia don’t need fertilizer.
The fertilizer is important, because there won’t be enough sunlight for the Restrepia . Normally, the sunlight provides the Restrepia with sugars that are essential to create the growth of flower branches. Therefore it’s harder for the Restrepia to start blooming without the fertilizer. This can vary per species; some species are simple and don’t need fertilizer, while others do require fertilizer. Make sure the fertilizer isn’t too strong and that it’s only used in summer and spring.

Repotting

Restrepia require to be repotted every year in new sphagnum.