Lepanthes telipogoniflora orchid is native to Colombia and belongs to the Lepanthes genus and the Orchidaceae family. It is known for its striking flowers and tender form.
Our complete guide will help you successfully grow and care for Lepanthes telipogoniflora.
What Is Lepanthes Telipogoniflora?
Lepanthes telipogoniflora is a warm-growing epiphytic (grows on trees) orchid endemic to Colombia and is found in the forests. A lot of people grow it in terrariums and vivariums.
The other common name of Lepanthes telipogoniflora is Telipogon-Like Lepanthes. It was first discovered by André Schuiteman & A.de Wilde in 1996.
– Size and Growth
It remains micro to small in size. The plant is less than an inch across. It does best when mounted epiphytically and kept in high humidity. For it to grow properly, keep it in a place with good humidity and high temperature. It is easy to cultivate and can rapidly grow when provided with the right conditions.
Lepanthes telipogoniflora is a little plant, and the foliage is also small. The leaves are mundane green and small. It has slender, erect stems surrounded by four to five erect, leathery, obtuse, and wedge-shaped leaves. The leaves are typically 0.39 to 0.59 inches in size.
Lepanthes telipogoniflora is a rewarding plant when it comes to flowering. It blooms all year round and is almost always in bloom or bud. But, it blooms the most during spring. The blooms are orange and are not fragrant Normally, the petals and the column are in the center of the flower.
As the plant matures, it has relatively large, over half an inch in diameter orange and yellow flowers. The flowers sometimes appear to shimmer under fluorescent lighting.
Flowering happens the most in spring and is of the size 0.59 to 0.79 inches. Compared to other Lepanthes, its blooms are bigger.
Lepanthes Telipogoniflora Care Tips
Lepanthes telipogonifloras are slightly difficult to care for plants. But if you keep our care tips in mind, you will rock at growing this elegant orchid. This is a standard guide, but you can change according to the factors in your area and choose whatever suits you the best.
– Light Requirements
Lepanthes telipogoniflora needs medium to bright indirect light to thrive. It needs relatively more light compared to other orchids falling under the Lepanthes genus. But, too much light can make the leaves go purple. Direct sunlight can burn the plant leaves. So, there is a delicate balance that needs to be maintained for its proper growth.
Lepanthes telipogoniflora can survive in just LED lights also, without receiving any natural light. It should receive bright light for 12 hours.
– Water Requirements
In its natural habitat, Lepanthes telipogoniflora receives abundant water through rainfall. So, water your plant quite frequently whenever the soil begins to dry. Never let the soil dry out completely as it leads to plant decay.
Along with frequent watering, ensure that you do not overwater your plant so much that it leads to root rot. Lepanthes telipogoniflora loves humid conditions, but stagnant water for too long is harmful to its growth.
In winter, reduce the watering sessions, but do not let it remain dry for longer periods. They need air around the roots, damp but not wet.
– Soil Mix
Lepanthes telipogoniflora grows well in a soil mix of sphagnum moss and perlite, both in equal parts. You can mount the plant in sphagnum moss either on a cork or on a coffee log.
Growing it in only sphagnum moss also works fine. You can also try growing it in a raft system if preparing the right soil mix is an issue for you. It grows fine in the rafts.
Lepanthes telipogoniflora is often prone to root rot in waterlogged conditions. So we recommend using both sphagnum moss and perlite for good drainage.
Lepanthes telipogoniflora is a warm-growing plant. It is one of the most heat resilient Lepanthes and needs warm to hot growing conditions. Too much cold can kill the plant. So keep it on the warm side of your home.
The ideal temperature for its growth is 75 to 79 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and 66 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit during the night. It gets a nighttime low temperature of about 65 degrees Fahrenheit.
Maintaining the right humidity level can be daunting, but Lepanthes telipogoniflora is one of the best beginner Lepanthes you can try out. When grown in a raft system, it loves a humidity level above 80 percent and grows well in 80 to 85 percent humidity. It can tolerate a humidity level of 65 to 70 percent in a vase or terrarium.
If your plant is in a terrarium, then you need not worry about humidity. But, if it is growing like any other plant in a pot, then maintain good humidity levels by spritzing the plant or keeping a humidifier.
Along with humidity, Lepanthes telipogoniflora likes little or no air movement. It is unnecessary to keep the air moving for this one which is why it works well in a terrarium-like environment.
If you are keeping your plant outside in a pot and live in a dry area, place a humidifier around the plant to maintain the right humidity level. Alternatively, you can use the pebble tray method, but it is not as effective as a humidifier for this tropical plant.
– Fertilizer Requirements
Lepanthes telipogoniflora is a low feeder, but it appreciates small quantities of fertilization from time to time. We recommend using a liquid fertilizer for orchids, especially during the growing phase. Avoid fertilizing the plant during winter because the plant is almost dormant in the cold season.
Use the liquid fertilizer every week after watering the plant. Do not fertilize the plant directly as a direct application without watering is harmful to the plant roots. Use one-fourth of the dose or as indicated on the label of the fertilizer.
Coffee grounds are also excellent for orchids as a fertilizer. You can make coffee ground tea and add it once a month to your orchid as an alternative to the liquid fertilizer. To make coffee ground tea, fill half a bucket with used coffee grounds. Then, add water to the bucket and let it sit for 24 hours. Filter out the liquid after 24 hours, leaving the grounds behind. Use this liquid once a month for best results.
Repotting Lepanthes Telipogoniflora
Lepanthes telipogoniflora does not like to have its roots disturbed. If you have mounted your plant on a cork in sphagnum moss, it can be difficult to split the roots as the roots are well dug into the cork. Repot your plant only when you notice its soil medium decomposing.
Grow them in a terrarium or a vivarium as it is the closest to Lepanthes telipogoniflora’s natural environment. If you are growing them outside, use a mix of sphagnum moss and perlite in net pots to grow them. If you lose a few leaves in shipping, do not lose hope. These are robust plants, provide them with the right growing conditions, and they will send out new spikes in some time.
Lepanthes telipogoniflora is a must-have miniature orchid for all plant enthusiasts and is perfect for adding that extra tinge of color and tropical vibe to your home. People are scared to grow this orchid because it is expensive and can be a little fussy at times.
But fret not. With these care tips, you will be able to grow and care for this beauty without much trouble.
Let us quickly sum up all the crucial points to be kept in mind.
- Lepanthes telipogoniflora is a warm-growing epiphytic orchid native to Colombia
- They grow the best in terrariums and vivariums because they love humid conditions
- The plant is about half an inch across in size with small foliage
- The blooms can be as big as 0.79 inches, are not fragrant, and bloom throughout the year
- It needs bright, indirect light to thrive, not direct sun
- Water it frequently and never let the soil medium dry out entirely
- Avoid both underwatering and overwatering, less water can dry out the plant, and water-logged conditions can make its roots rot
- It grows well in the temperature range of 75 to 79 degrees Fahrenheit in the day and 66 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit at night
- For substrate, use a mix of sphagnum moss and perlite for proper drainage
- Maintain the humidity around 80 percent and above around the plant
- Fertilize your plant weekly with a liquid fertilizer for orchids
We hope that our care guide has helped you with all the information that you needed. Get your hands on this exquisite orchid and make a mini jungle inside your home!
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