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Rhynchostylis gigantea alba

Flowering: No

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€26.95

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We have been growing the Rhynchostylis gigantea for 15 years and it remains a rewarding plant. The plant is strong, blooms exuberantly and gives a wonderful scent. The older and larger the plant gets, the more flowers will appear. Artificial pollination has expanded the colours of this plant to orange, red and peach-like. Rhynchostylis gigantea is originally from Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Borneo and Indonesia.

The Rhynchostylis orchid has typical Vanda qualities. It is a monopodial plant (growing from one point) with leathery leaves, arranged in opposite directions. The plant has silvery green roots with a thick outer layer and flowers in hanging bunches.

It is a medium-sized hot-growing epiphyte. This means that they grow on branches and trees, not in the ground. The plant grows up to 60 cm high, with a strong and thick stem that forms at the base. The leaves are up to 30 cm long and 5-7.5 cm wide.

The Rhynchostylis gigantea flowers grow in bunches up to 37 cm long. The sweet-scented flowers last for about two weeks. The flowers have a diameter of 2.5-3.8 cm. They are usually white, with red-purple, amethyst-purple or crimson spots, and often have a clearly visible peak in the same color. The lip is also reddish purple, amethyst purple or crimson red and usually fades at the base and towards the middle into a white color. Varieties with white flowers were also found, and occasionally you will find specimens with red flowers.

Exposure and temperature

This plant likes sunlight, but not directly. Diffuse light is more beneficial. Direct afternoon sunlight can threaten the plant. The plant likes a strong air movement around the roots.

It is a thermophilic plant so it likes heat. The plant may be kept a little cooler, but then you must be careful with watering. The plant will dry less quickly. The daytime temperature is 21.5-33°C, and at night 18.5-25°C. In the spring it can be a little warmer, around 24-35°C. In winter this plant also needs a warm temperature, around 21.5-33°C.

Humidity

The Rhynchostylis gigantea needs a humidity of circa 80% for most of the year, reduced to around 70-75% in winter and early spring. At a low temperature (<21 degrees) the humidity can be reduced to 40-70%.

This applies to plants in a pot culture. The humidity in substrate is higher. The part above the ground needs less water and the heart of the plant stays dry, which helps prevent rot. The part under the ground needs more moisture and can absorb more water. The substrate retains the moisture more while hanging plants dry up faster and therefore need a higher humidity.

Watering

Rainfall in the natural environment varies from abundant to very abundant. Rain showers start at the end of spring and last until the fall. After that, the drought season starts fairly quickly, which lasts 3-4 months (winter and early spring). The cultivated plants must be watered abundantly during the growing period, but then the air flow around the roots must be ensured so that they can dry quickly after watering. In case of plants growing in pots or baskets, the substrate used must not get wet.

Placement

Rhynchostylis gigantea grows best when several air roots can hang loosely. You can place it in wooden baskets without adding substrate or attach the plant to tree ferns or cork without substrate around the roots. Under such circumstances, high humidity must be guaranteed and the plants must be sprayed with water at least once a day and on hot and dry days even several times a day.

They can also be grown in pots with very loose, fast-drying soil, allowing the roots to dry quickly after watering. Good results are obtained by using a mixture of equal parts of medium and large pieces of spruce bark and charcoal. You can only use charcoal as a substrate.

These plants react unfavorably to repotting. But if the plants grow in pots filled with a mixture of bark, they must be repotted every year, because a possible decomposition of the bark can quickly lead to the death of the root system. The plant must be planted very shallow. Plants adapt faster and with less stress if they are fixed or repotted in the phase when new roots are just starting to grow.

Fertilization

During the active growth, the plants must be fertilized every week with fertilizer for orchids. You can use sustainable fertilizers all year round, but you can also use fertilizer with an increased nitrogen content from spring to mid-summer. And then in late summer and fall you can use fertilizer that is enriched with phosphorus.

Rest period

Rhynchostylis gigantea needs much less water in the winter. If the humidity in winter is high, sporadic spraying of the plants and give water occasionally must provide sufficient moisture for proper development. If the humidity is low, the plant must be watered more often. These plants should never dry completely. Fertilization must be reduced or eliminated completely until spring.

  • This plant is in bloom for a long time (6 weeks to 3 months)
  • This plant flowers excessively.
  • This plant grows and blooms easily in a living room.
  • This plant can also function as a hanging plant in the living room.
  • Pay attention! Plants and orchids are living organisms that need good care.
  • This plant has just been imported and still needs to grow.

Additional Information

Additional Information

Genus Rhynchostylis
Plant stage Adult
Flowering No
Pot size 15
Medium Bark, fraction 4
Temperature (°C) (16,5 - 24,5°C), (24,5 >°C)
Light intensity Daylight to bright light
Fragrant Yes
Age (Year) 6
Grown from (Year) 6
Flowering period Winter
Humidity (%) 40 - 80
Flowering frequency One to three times per year

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Country Delivery time
Belgium 1 day
Bulgaria 4 - 6 days
Denmark 2 - 3 days
Germany 2 days
Estonia 5 days
Finland 4 - 5 days
France 2 - 3 days
United Kingdom 2 - 3 days
Hungary 3 - 4 days
Ireland 3 - 5 days
Italy 3 - 6 days
Latvia 4 - 5 days
Lithuania 4 - 5 days
Luxemburg 2 days
Austria 3 - 4 days
Poland 3 - 5 days
Portugal 3 - 5 days
Romania 4 - 5 days
Slovenia 4 - 5 days
Slovakia 3 - 5 days
Spain 3 - 5 days
Czech Republic 3 - 5 days
Sweden 2 - 4 days
Greece 4 - 7 days
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