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Peristeria, Dove Orchid or Holy Spirit Orchid "Seeds 10pk"
(Flower of Holy Spirit)
Flowers of this stunning orchid resemble a dove, hence comes its common name. This orchid is National flower of Panama, however it dwells not only in Panama but in other countries of Central America. The type species, Peristeria elata, has white flowers, famous for its unique column shape, resembling the dove’s head. A flower is fragrant and its central part resembls a dove. Due to its unique form and beauty, these orchids have become really endangered in nature, near extinction. That’s why it is highly recommended not buy this orchid from questionable sources, because every cent in a poacher’s purse is a footstep to this beautiful orchid extinction. Peristeria elata is a large-sized, sympodial orchid with large round pseudobulbs. A mature plant could have pseudobulbs in size of child’s head. It has up to three to five leaves per each pseudobulb, and its inflorescences are basal and up to 135 centimeters long. Her flowers are long-lasting, successively opened, two inches wide.
Dove orchid care? – it is not very difficult. It is a hot to warm growing orchid, and it prefers bright, filtered light all year round. When new pseudobulb is actively growing, ample watering is demanded, so as balanced fertilizers for this large, fast-growing orchid – it is a heavy feeder. When active growth in lenght is slowering, you should reduce watering and fertilizers, because overwatering and excessive fertilizers are not very good in this period. Watering then should be at a minimum level, so if its pseudobulbs shiver a little it’s ok. It is also good idea to slightly reduce a temperature, especially at night to promote flowering. Then, when flower spikes are emerged, you can slightly increase watering, but not too high. Peristerias prefer open, well-drained potting mixture with medium bark, cocoa chips, sphagnum moss and tree fern. So this orchid’s growing is quite...

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