Spotlight: Rhynchocentrum Lilac Blossom

Hybrid (Rhynchostylis coelestis X Ascocentrum ampullaceum)

Vandaceous hybrid, this relative of the Vanda is generally considered to be miniature orchids, as they look a lot like Vandas but smaller and brighter, with dense flowers.  

 Rhync. Lilac Blossom

Rhync. Lilac Blossom

 

Care:

Light: high light, similar to Vandas or Cattleyas. 3000- 4000 foot candles.

Humidity: Good humidity is important; try for 70%.

Temperature:Most will do best with daytime temperatures of 75-85°F (24-29C), cooling by 10-15°F (6-8C) at night i.e. 18-21C at night.

Watering: Should be watered every day, let it soak in a bucket of water for 15 minutes or more, sometimes with a weak fertilizer. You can tell when the roots are dry because they will turn silvery. Roots will be green after watering. 

Flowering: Colour of the flowers can range from deep pink to light blue.

Scented: A parent, R. Coelestis has the scent of citrus so this orchid may or may not be scented.  

Family: Vanda 

 

Endemic: Her parents are endemic to South East Asia and Asia. 

 

Videos

Video of a Rync Lilac Blossom: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwIXVHY3NXg

How to water Vanda orchids: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLW4Qf7CGnc

 

Parents

Rhynchostylis coelestis

Rhynchostylis coelestis: Rhynchostylis coelestis is native to Southeast Asia and can be found in Thailand, India and Burma. This plant has a Vanda-like growth habit with stiff-folded leaves that curve downwards

Ascocentrum ampullaceum

Learn more:  http://www.orchid-care-tips.com/ascocentrum.html or

https://www.orchidweb.com/products/ascocentrum-ampullaceum~996.h

Additional references:

https://www.facebook.com/notes/gawler-districts-orchid-club-inc/orchid-fragrances/489852841050950/