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Odontoglossum

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

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Derivation of the name

The name Odontoglossum derives from the Greek works ‘odon’ (tooth) and ‘glossa’ (tongue), which refers to the two tooth-like thickenings on the lip.

Features and origin

Odontoglossum is a gender with around 100 species that can be found I the tropical area of Central- and West South-America to Guyana. The gravity point of the spread lies in the North of the Andes mountain range, where they mainly occur at higher altitudes at open spaces in the humid misty woods.
They are mainly epiphytes that consist of compact pseudobulbs, that each have one to three pointy leads on top of them. The flower stem grows upwards out of the base of the pseudobulbs. This gender knows many species with gorgeous, spectacular flowers. The petals and sepals are pleated and the lip is usually pretty complex. Species that grow on higher altitudes can have flower stems with even 150 flowers, while species that occur on lower altitudes have smaller flower stems that carry up to around 20 flowers. These flowers can be white, red, purple, grown, yellow or spotted with a mix of these colours.

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Care tips

Place

Odontoglossum need a halfshadow place with high humidity. In winter, they should get as much light as possible. In summer, Odontoglossum can be kept outside under a roof.

Temperature

In summer, the temperature should not be higher than around in between 24,5℃ and 28,5°C. at night, the temperature shouldn’t drop below 15°C. During winter, a constant temperature of around 14 to 18°C is ideal. At night, the temperature should drop a few degrees.

Humidity

We advise a humidity in between 40-65%. This varies per species within the gender.

Water

In spring and in summer, water should be given once a week. Please mind that in some cases, this can also be every 3 to 4 days. You can determine this by looking at the soil. These plants originally live in a humid climate, so for that reason the soil should never dry up completely.
In winter, the plants shouldn’t be too wet. Odontoglossum should get less water, every 14 days is enough. The plants will start to rot faster and sooner if they are kept too wet in winter.

Fertilizer

During the period of growth in summer, fertilizer can be used twice a month lightly. In winter, fertilizer is not necessary. Because of the weather conditions, it may occur that the Odontoglossum creates a new sprout later in the year. It’s recommended to fertilize lightly so that the new sprout grows well. A larger sprout results in prettier flower stems.
The fertilizer is important, because there won’t be enough sunlight for the Odontoglossum. Normally, the sunlight provides the Odontoglossum with sugars that are essential to create the growth of flower branches. Therefore it’s harder for the Odontoglossum to start blooming without the fertilizer.