Spotlight: Phalaenopsis Bellina

Bellina is a species, however can also be sold with P. Violacea.

Epiphyte often found at 200m altitude in tree canopies or by riversides. The name comes from the Latin bellus for beautiful.

 Phalaenopsis Bellina is a beautiful Phal endemic to Borneo. 

Phalaenopsis Bellina is a beautiful Phal endemic to Borneo. 

The blooming a Bellina can be a little more difficult than typical Phalaenopsis. It has thinner leaves and needs higher humidity, it also likes more light than typical Phalaenopsis. Be careful with their leaves as they can rip.

 

Light

Bright light required for flowering. Don’t put it next to your hybrid Phals.

 

Water

Let them dry between waterings, but not bone dry. Don’t mist. Water in the early morning.

 

Temp

 20-28C up to 30C during the day, 18-20C at night for flowering..

 

Humidity

80% humidity is ideal, with high humidity at night, but it can tolerate 50%.

Note: susceptible to brown rot if there is not enough ventilation.

 

Media

Bark, spag moss,  can be in a cork basket. Some say spag only is best. Plant them on an angle so that they can drip any water off their leaves, as they would in nature.

 

Flowering

Spring-Summer-Fall

 

Fragrant

 yes. Like lemon or spice.

 

Fertilizer

 20 – 10 -20

 

Endemic to: Borneo & Malaysia

 

 

References:

 

 http://www.ranwild.org/Phalaenopsis/module/species/bellina/Especieshead.html

http://orchids.wikia.com/wiki/Phalaenopsis_bellina

http://forums.gardenweb.com/discussions/1552601/phal-bellina-anyone-growing-this

https://www.orchidweb.com/products/phalaenopsis-bellina~133.html