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Arpophyllum spicatum

sickle-leaved arpophyllum

An epiphytic orchid producing a fleshy, channelled, strap-shaped leaf. Erect, cylindrical racemes to 15cm longpacked withmany small, pinkish-purple, long-lasting flowers are produced in mid-autumn

Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Green
Autumn Pink Purple Green
Winter Pink Purple Green
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or East–facing or North–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H1C
Botanical details
Family
Orchidaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Semi evergreen
Habit
Columnar upright
Name status

Correct

Plant range
Mexico

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in epiphytic orchid compost and from late spring to summer, in partial shade with good ventilation, day temperatures between 18-25°C and night above 10°C, water freely adding orchid fertiliser every third watering and provide high humidity by misting twice daily. Keep in well lit conditions from autumn to early spring. See indoor orchid cultivation

Propagation

Propagate by division when the plant over-fills the pot

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Patio and container plants
Pruning

No pruning required, cut down flowered stems as necessary

Pests

Susceptible to aphids, glasshouse red spider mite and mealybugs

Diseases

Generally disease free

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