At the outskirts of the Peruvian section of the Andes, in the Cuzco Valley, the difficult to reach ruins of Sayacmarca (also referred to as the inaccessible city)are located at a height of 3624m. Here, an illustrious monarch once reigned his people in the 15th century, Inca Roq'A. He beat the Chancas and other enemies, introduced education and improved the irrigation systems.
From this ancient Mayan stronghold the path descends to the powerful cloud forest, packed with mosses, tree ferns, flowers and the most beautiful orchids.This story about the origin of this plant was the inspiration for our name.
Orchids by Inca Orchids are grown with a great deal of attention and patients. Each Inca orchid is considered a pet project. A plant is grown sustainably and responsibly in a unique and intensive manner. Manual labor allows us to deliver the very best quality at all times.
- Types -
The original habitat of most odontoglossum-varieties is the Andes. They are epiphytic plants. They naturally grow on the trees, under filtered sunlight and at great heights, where they are used to cool nights and hot days, with fresh mountain winds and little variety in seasons. Around 1790, the first plants were discovered and subsequently these orchids were found, just at the other side of the isthmus of Panama and up, all the way to Guatemala and Mexico.
The appearance show similarities with Odontoglossums and they have the same habitats, from the high Andes in Columba to Peru and Ecuador. The most popular varieties come from Columbia and have beautiful flowers in pink pastel shades and white. This wonderfully colored flower spreads a mild honey scent on a hot summer's day.
These epiphytic plants grow abundantly across South America, all the way to North Mexico and the South of Florida, including various islands of West India. Their inflorescence differs greatly based on their origin. The Ocidium hast the most varieties within the species, compared to the Miltoniopsis and Odontoglosssum.
This epiphytic species originates from Brazil. The plants are growing on tree trunks, between the roots of ferns and on humus in rock crevices in humid, shady lowland and mountain rainforests. The plant only has little, pseudo-bulbs that are growing at a large distance of each other. The plant has a strong crawling rhizome. The multiple small, long, mid-green leaves are divided along the stem. The Zygopetalum belongs to the most colourful orchids of the species, most kinds are characterised by the gloomy purple and brown flowers with purple spots on the sepals and petals. These thick, wax-like flowers produce a fresh, sweet scent in the early morning.
- Care tips -
In general, orchids require light, as long as it is not too intensive. This means that the best thing to do during the fall and winter period, is to put the orchid in the window frame, whereas the best location during the spring and summer period, is on the West. Direct light should be prevented during the spring and summer.
The Orchids from the odontoglossum alliance are cold-loving plants in general. This means that they do well in a temperature range between 15 and 24 degrees Celsius.
This is crucial to the lifespan of the plant. Important is that the roots of the plant are not constantly immersed in water. This means that, after every watering session, the growing pot has percolate, before the plant can be put back in the ornamental pot. The plant should be watered once every week. Water generously, but make sure to allow the plant to percolate (15 min) and then put it back in the ornamental pot. The plant has extremely sensitive roots. This means that, if the plant is kept too wet, the roots will most likely rot, which can cause the plant to die.
Potting soil / repotting
The perfect potting soil consists of a very light durable mixture , such as coarse tree bark, optionally mixed with volcanic grit. If the plant grows abundantly beyond the edge of the pot or the gr growing medium begins to digest, it is time to repot the plant. The best time to do this, is when the plant is growing new shoots. That is when the plant is growing new roots, making it easier for them to grow into the new growing medium.
An orchid isn’t easily underfed, but to keep the plant optimal, it is smart to give it a small portion of orchid food ever month. During the winter, it is wise to give half of the regular amount of food.
To maximize the chance of second growth, it is important to know a little more about the plant. First, the plant creates a new shoot (vegetative phase). After this new shoot has been created, it will grow. After the vegetative phase, the generative phase will emerge, this is the phase in which the new shoot stops growing and proceed to generate branches. The plant will now appear to have ceased growing. However, after this phase, the spray has been created and, depending on the variety, it will take a month or two before the spray has matured and will start flowering.
Concretely this means that, to optimize the chance of second flowering at home, one should adhere to the following steps.
- After flowering, break away / cut the faded branch (leave plant in a warm room and keep giving it water and food)
- Wait until the new shoots are at least 10 cm (leave the plant in the living room and add water as usual)
- The plant will go into a generative phase for two months (take the plant to a cooler room with plenty of light and water it twice a week with half the amount of food)
- The spray will now grow into a full-fledged branch with flowers (take the plant to a warmer room, and water it weekly with the standard amount of food).