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

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Derivation of the name

The name Coelogyne derives from the Greek words ‘koilos’ (hollow) and ‘gyne’ (woman), which refers to the hollow stamp of the flowers.

Features and origin

Coelogyne is a gender with around 200 species spread throughout India, China, Indonesia and the islands of Fiji. They appear in cooler mountain rainforests to humid tropical lowland woods. Coelogyne are medium sized to large (70 cm), rough, epiphytic, lithophytic or terrestrial orchids with a sympodial way of growth, a hanging, lying or upstanding stem, with up to 15 cm long pseudobulbs and one or two pleaded leafs.
The way of blooming emerges at the pseudobulbs or at the top of the stem and is a long, terminal bunch with many medium to large, remarkable flowers, usually white coloured, with a contrasting coloured lip. The gender distinguishes itself from other genders by the subtribes in the lip and the gynostemium. The lip is still loosely, never bag-shaped, kind of trilobal, with the sidelobes laying against the gynostemium in a lateral way and the middle lobe decorated by remarkable things like teeth, hair, papillae or parallel ledges, that run to under the gynostemium. This is always winged and carries one stamen with four pollinia. Many species spread a sweet scent, that attracts mainly bees, wasps and beetles.

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Care tips


The Coelogyne need a not too warm, but light place, where they are protected against direct sunlight. In summer they can be placed outside at a sheltered place.


In  summer, a temperature of in between 15℃ and 29℃ is recommended. In winter, the temperature can drop to below 10℃.


We advise a humidity in between 30-80%. This varies per species within the gender.


In summer, the Coelogyne can be kept fairly humid. Watering about 2-4 times a week is recommended. In winter, the Coelogyne should be somewhat drier, but make sure the bulbs don’t shrink. Watering carefully every two weeks is best.


In spring, the Coelogyne starts its grow and fertilizer should be used about every two weeks. In summer, this should be once a week. Make sure they are sufficiently flushed with water without fertilizer.
The fertilizer is important, because there won’t be enough sunlight for the Coelogyne . Normally, the sunlight provides the Coelogyne with sugars that are essential to create the growth of flower branches. Therefore it’s harder for the Coelogyne to start blooming without the fertilizer.