Prosthechea cochleata is a species that originates from South America. A unique feature of this plant is that it has tentacles on its flower. These tentacles make the plant one of kind. Once this orchid reaches maturity, it can flower throughout the year. It does not like too much heat and thrives best in temperatures between fifteen and eighteen degrees Celsius.
Light: In a bright, but shaded spot, but no direct sunlight. Please screen off lightly in summer.
Temperature: Take care for a moderate temperature, approx. 15-18 ºC and lots of fresh air.
Water: This orchid should not be overwatered. It is sufficient to water it once every seven to nine days. Water prosthechea cochleata only once its soil is almost dry. This can easily be determined by means of a skewer. Stick the skewer in the soil and retrieve it occasionally. Prosthechea cochleata requires water if the skewer is dry.
Spraying flower buds: The humidity in a home can be low during the winter and summer months. Spray the smallest buds daily to prevent them from drying out and not flowering.
Fertiliser: Twice per month, feed prosthechea cochleata our special orchid fertiliser ‘Groei en bloei’. Dosage: one level teaspoon per one litre of water. In February, May, and September, sprinkle one level teaspoon of ‘Grondverbeteraar’ (soil improver) once over the potting mix. The orchid does not require fertiliser from November up to and including January. Both products are sold in our shop.
Soil: It is important to replant prosthechea cochleata once every three to four years in orchid potting mix. For oncidium, the Orchideeën Hoeve has put together a well-aerated mix of bark, coco, and peat. This mix is available at our shop. Please do this if the orchid has finished flowering (preferably in springtime).
After flowering: Please do cut off the stem at the bottom if it is past flowering. In the phase preceding a new shoot, prosthechea cochleata requires less water and tolerates temperatures down to 12 degrees Celsius. The orchid will generate another stem from a new shoot. This will take approximately eight to twelve months.
Tip for repotting: Prosthechea cochleata can be repotted in a larger pot if the orchid’s roots are healthy. However, if the roots are soft and/or decayed, it is recommended to remove those parts and to repot the orchid in the same pot. Tearing/dividing is also an option once prosthechea cochleata has grown beyond the edge of the pot. Divide a single plant into two plants, at the most. Next, place these plants in a pot of the same size.