Culture, care and growing tips for
Fertilize weakly and frequently with a balanced fertilizer during growth. One-eighth to one-quarter strength recommended by manufacturer for house plants every week. Do not fertilize when dormant.
When the plant is actively growing, keep medium constantly moist. When lowest sheathing leaves on new growth turn yellow, signaling dormancy, stop watering until pseudobulbs shrivel slightly. Then water only enough to keep pseudobulbs from shriveling further until new growth in spring. Some bloom in autumn, if so, continue to water until blooming complete. When watering, water thoroughly, with a volume of water at least equal to that of the pot. Do not use water softened in salt-consuming water softeners. Low mineral content water is preferred, such as naturally soft water or rain water. If hard water is used, water very heavily to flush minerals.
Grow Lycaste in cool to intermediate temperatures with 10°C minimum winter nights and 29°C summer day maximum. Ensure 6-12°C day/night difference to aid flower formation. Two major groups of Lycaste: aromatica type : deciduous, usually yellow, green, brown flowers, higher light, intermediate temperatures. aromatica itself deciduous in spring, but sheathing leaves turn yellow in autumn. skinneri type: leaves last 2-3 years, whites, pinks, reds, lower light, cool temperatures, coarser media. Ida and Anguloa are related, often very large, with flowers resembling tulips. Grow as for skinneri but with more light.