The orchids of Ivan Arroyo. My orchids in Basque Country: August 2010

Location / Habitat: Phalaenopsis cornu-cervi extends from northeastern India to Burma, Thailand, Malaysia, Sumatra, Java and Borneo.
In Java, although it is not common to find it in central or western Java, you can find specimens on the slopes of the mountains on the south coast between 50 and 1000 mts. above sea level. Phalaenopsis cornu-cervi is usually epiphyte, although some may be found growing on rocks or on the roots of trees that are on steep slopes.
In Burma, plants grow at low altitude, above sea level, in the marshy islands at the mouth of the Irrawaddy River. There they grow under the damp, dusky and dense mangroves that protect them from the dry winds, but are nevertheless exposed to full sun during the dry season. In that period, dew is the main source of moisture that has Phalaenopsis cornu-cervi.
In Thailand, it grows from the north of the mountains, to the peninsula between 200 and 750 mts above sea level. We can find it in the states of Kedah, Pahang, Perak, Selangor and Negeri Sembilan.
In India, Phalaenopsis cornu-cervi grows in the jungle along with the Dendrobiumaggregatum.
In Indonesiase found in the trees that are in the hills of limestone, often interspersed with the Phalaenopsis maculata.
In Malaysia, the Phalaenopsis cornu-cervi is found next to the Phalaenopsisviolacea, but prefers places exposed or at least where they have a brief dry season.

This Phalaenopsis cornu-cervi, I bought it from a Thai seller "Madam-Sassy", on December 29, 2009. It was already mounted on a kind of wooden strip, with an important root system, so no I moved it from its place. I put it in the garret next to my other orchids.

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My growing conditions (in my attic):

  • Light. I have it placed in such a way that it has very good light, but never direct rays of sun. In summer I put a curtain that sifts the light. In winter, I remove the curtain and receive the sun rays directly without any problem.
  • Temperature. In summer, between minimums of 18 and maximums of 25ºC, with some peaks of 30ºC on the hottest days, but that are scarce in my land. The temperature in winter, between 15 and 20ºC. It is not ideal for this orchid, but it is what I can offer. And very badly it should not be, because I get it to flourish.
  • Humidity. I have an average of 60% humidity throughout the year, although sometimes it drops to 50% (sometimes less) and others go up to 70%.
  • Ventilation: As long as time permits, I open the windows for good ventilation. The heat plus a little ventilation, is equal to the production of fungi in the orchids. That is why, whenever possible, give them a good ventilation. Okay with a fan.
  • Riegos. Need a rest period! In summer once every two days (the hottest days, once a day) and in winter, once every 15 days (respecting the rest period). I always look a little, in what conditions is the day, whether much or little heat; whether high or low humidity; if sunny or not ...

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