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Ada Genus

Orchid

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • WaterSemi-moist or Moist

Description

Ada genus (Orchid). These are evergreen epiphytic orchids and in the wild will grow on tree branches or rocks. The flowers can be colourful and very attractive. The perennials consist of 3 outer sepals and 3 inner petals, the lowest of which is usually enlarged.

Characteristics

Evergreens, Orchids or Epiphytics

Origin

South America

Interest and use

The beautiful and unusual flowers.

Cultivation

In temperate climates, they need to be grown in greenhouses. Can be grown in pots but also on slabs of bark. Weak foliar feeds can be added to the sprays. Grow them in small containers, with good ventilation. Frost vulnerable.

Propagation

Divide older leafless pseudobulbs which can be removed for replanting, or from new growth which may appear from the bottom of the plant.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Aphids, red spider mites, mealy bugs and whitefly may be a problem.

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