Zygopetalum Orchid

Fast Facts About Zygopetalum Orchid

  • Name: Zygopetalum Orchid
  • Bred By: Naturally occurring; some hybridization in cultivation
  • Introduced: Became known to European growers in the early 19th century
  • Growth: Sympodial epiphytes, noted for their pseudobulbs and grass-like leaves
  • Blooms: Known for their striking and fragrant flowers
  • Color: Typically richly colored in shades of green, purple, and blue, often with contrasting markings
  • Foliage: Grass-like, long, and slender leaves
  • Flowering: Commonly blooms in late fall or early winter
  • Climate: Prefers cool to intermediate conditions
  • Disease Resistance: Generally robust but can be susceptible to fungal infections and pests
  • Growing Classification: Epiphytic orchid
  • Origin/Distribution: Native to South America, particularly Brazil and Argentina
  • Blooming Season: Typically in the late fall or early winter

Should you Buy One?

Zygopetalum Orchids are an excellent choice for those who appreciate distinctive and fragrant flowers. They are suitable for intermediate-level orchid enthusiasts who can provide the cooler temperatures and specific care these orchids need.

Specific Care for Aerangis Orchids

Zygopetalum Orchids require moderate light and high humidity. They prefer consistent watering and good air circulation, with a slightly drier period in the winter.

General Orchid Care Tips

  • Light: Most orchids need bright, indirect light.
  • Water: Regular watering is essential, allowing the potting medium to dry slightly between waterings.
  • Humidity: Maintain a humidity level of 40-70%.
  • Temperature: Prefer cooler to intermediate temperatures.
  • Feeding: Use a balanced orchid fertilizer at half strength every two weeks during the growing season.


They typically bloom once a year, usually during cooler months.

Yes, they can be grown indoors if provided with sufficient light and proper care.

Repot every 2-3 years in a well-draining orchid mix, ideally when new growth begins.

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