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Zygopetalum James Strauss gx 'Scentsation'

zygopetalum 'Scentsation'

An evergreen, epiphytic orchid suited for growing in a cool or intermediate greenhouse. It has narrowly oval, ribbed leaves and produces long-lasting sprays of fragrant flowers on long spikes; flowers are mottled a dark reddish-brown and green and have a broad, white, velvety lip heavily marked and streaked with purple

Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green Red Brown Green
Summer Green Red Brown Purple White Green
Autumn Green
Winter Green
Position
  • Partial shade
Aspect

West–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H1C
Botanical details
Family
Orchidaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Columnar upright
Genus

Zygopetalum consists of around 14 species of orchid, native to the humid forests of South America and Brazil. They are known for their scented, waxy flowers. These long-lived blooms can be patterned in hues of green, purple, burgundy and raspberry.

Name status

Unresolved

How to grow

Cultivation

Best grown at temperatures of around 21-26°C in the day and 10-15°C at night. Ensure adequate light levels, but avoid direct sunlight. Water thoroughly when the growing medium is almost dry and allow to drain; allow to dry out between watering during the winter. Fertilise regularly and re-pot after flowering when pot bound using a suitable orchid compost. See indoor orchid cultivation

Propagation

Propagate by division; remove and replant old pseudobulbs when repotting in spring

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

No pruning required

Pests

May be susceptible to aphids, glasshouse red spider mite, slugs and mealybugs

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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