Rossioglossum splendens care and culture

Rossioglossum splendens is found in Nayarit and Jalisco states of southwestern Mexico. It grows on humid slopes and barrancas in oak, oak/pine or pine/fir forests on the pacific slope at elevations of 1300 to 2000 meters...

 Rossioglossum splendens also called as The Splendid Rossioglossum, Odontoglossum insleayi var. splendens, Odontoglossum splendens, is a species of the genus Rossioglossum. This species was described by Leslie Andrew Garay & George Clayton Kennedy in 1976.
Rossioglossum splendens care and culture


 Rossioglossum splendens is found in Nayarit and Jalisco states of southwestern Mexico. It grows on humid slopes and barrancas in oak, oak/pine or pine/fir forests on the pacific slope at elevations of 1300 to 2000 meters.
 It is a small sized, cool growing orchid with round, laterally compressed, 10 cm long pseudobulbs enveloped basally by a few leafless and leaf bearing sheaths and carrying 2, apical, linear, acute, gradually narrowing and becoming conduplicate towards the base, up to 32 cm long leaf.
 The Splendid Rossioglossum blooms in the fall on an axillary, 20 cm long, racemose, 6 to 8 flowered inflorescence arising through the axil of a leaf sheath of a newly developed pseudobulb. The flowers are red-brown with a small proportion of yellow at the base and at the ends of the tepals, about 10 cm in diameter. The lip is triple, yellow, red spots on the edge. Lateral parts of the lip in the form of ears are raised upwards, and the front part has the form of a fan. The column is straight.


Rossioglossum splendens care and culture

Rossioglossum splendens care and culture

Rossioglossum splendens care and culture


 Cultural information should only be used as a guide, and should be to be adapted to suit you. Your physical location; where you grow your plants, how much time you have to devote to their care, and many other factors, will need to be taken into account. Only then can you decide on the cultural methods that best suit you and your plants.


 Rossioglossum splendens needs the bright sun without access to direct sunlight, so during the hot afternoon sun on the windows of the southern orientation and the hot evening sun on the western windows, the orchid should be placed behind the curtain (for example on a table near the window) or in the shadow of other plants, otherwise the plant can get a sunburn.


 This type of orchid belongs to a moderately cold temperature thermal requirements: The average day temperature is 16-21 ° C, night temperature is 10-13 ° C. For the successful cultivation at home, it is necessary that the night temperature of the content is always 6-8 ° C lower than the daytime temperature.


 For normal growth and development, The Splendid Rossioglossum will be sufficient with the humidity level of 60% in the daytime and 80% at night.

Substrate, growing media and repotting:

 Rossioglossum splendens are usually grow in baskets or pots. The substrate used must be very breathable, therefore it is recommended to use a mixture of a large bark of coniferous trees with foam, charcoal and sphagnum moss (no more than 20%). To give the plant stability it is desirable to put pots with orchids in massive clay pots.
 It is recommended not to repot this orchid more often than once in 2-3 years. It is the time that will be enough to ensure that the substrate in which the orchid grows has time to lose all its properties useful for plants. The best time for repotting is the period immediately after flowering and until the moment when new sprouts begin to build up their own roots.


 Watering this kind of orchids directly depends on the overall temperature of the content, the lower it is, the less often the orchid should be watered. Excess water during watering should flow freely out of the pot, as the stagnation of water both inside the pot and in its pan can very quickly lead to decay of the roots and the lower part of the plant. The substrate between waterings should dry well. It is strongly recommended to spray the outside of the plant every morning.


 During the new growth period, this type of orchids is fertilized every 2-3 weeks with the usual fertilizer concentration indicated on the package. Closer to the time of formation of new pseudobulbs (ie, when young shoots reach the size of old ones and begin to turn into pseudobulbs themselves), it is desirable to use a fertilizer with a higher phosphorus content.

Rest period:

 Rossioglossum splendens does not need a period of rest to simulate flowers. The duration of flowering directly depends on the temperature of the contents, the colder it is, the longer the orchid blooms. This kind of orchids is quite difficult to adapt to the conditions of ordinary apartments, most often due to the inability to observe a relatively cold summer regime. After a hot summer, this orchids grow a very dense green mass, but they do not bloom.




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Rossioglossum splendens care and culture
Rossioglossum splendens is found in Nayarit and Jalisco states of southwestern Mexico. It grows on humid slopes and barrancas in oak, oak/pine or pine/fir forests on the pacific slope at elevations of 1300 to 2000 meters...
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