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Dracula

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

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Derivation of the name

The name of this gender literally means ‘Small Dragon’, which refers to the two odd, long trails of the sepals.

Features and origin

Dracula is a gender with around 120 species spread throughout Central-America and throughout the northwest of the Andes mountain range. They are mainly epiphytes, but also terrestrial plants that have a preference for shadow and a fairly cold temperature.
These orchids grow in bunches out of a short rhizome, as a cluster of stems. They don’t have pseudobulbs. A large, thin, pleaded leaf with a clearly visible nerve grows out of every stem. These smooth, light- to darkgreen leafs can be sponge-like and take over the task of the missing pseudobulbs. The flower stems grow horizontal out of the base of the plant, or downwards. However, the flower stems of some species grow upwards. The flowers have long trails, are practically triangle and are either single or consecutively carried by the flower stem. These flowers have an odd aspect, which comes from the long trails of the two sepals. The petals are fairly small and somewhat thickened. The lip is often pretty large, compared to those of other genders of the subtribus Pleurothallidinae, and may look like a fungus or mushroom. Dracula generally have a well-developed gynostymium and two pollinia. Furthermore the edges of the petals and sepals often have fringes.

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Care tips

Place

Dracula need a halfshadow place on the windowsill. Direct sunlight requires to be avoided. In summer, many species can also be placed outside on a place with much shadow, sheltered from wind.

Temperature

The minimum temperature in winter lies in between the 8 en 15°C.
In summer, the plant scan bare temperatures of up to a maximum of 27,5 °C, only if the temperature drops to around 10℃ to 12℃ at night.

Humidity

We advise a humidity in between 50-85%. This varies per species within the gender.

Water

The plants require to be kept fairly humid. In summer, the plant can be placed in a bowl of water with only the bottom. This way, the plant can handle the heat of the summer better. The cooler the temperature, the more you should let the soil dry. However, make sure that you don’t let the plant dry out.
In nature, Dracula enjoy only the purest water. This results in high sensitivity for watering. Always use rain water. Tap water generally isn’t a good idea for the care of this gender.

Fertilize

In spring and summer you can fertilize once a month.
The fertilizer is important, because there won’t be enough sunlight for the Dracula. Normally, the sunlight provides the Dracula with sugars that are essential to create the growth of flower branches. Therefore it’s harder for the Dracula to start blooming without the fertilizer.

Repotting

Dracula requires to be repotted every 12 months in spaghnum. For extra good results we recommend to repot the plants of this gender every 6 months.