The Green Hornet orchid (Prosthechea cochleata, formerly Encyclia cochleata, Anacheilium cochleatum, and Epidendrum cochleatum) is a small orchid that grows faster than other types of orchids. The green and black blooms are octopus-like and are attractive when in full bloom. This type of orchid is ideal for beginners in growing orchids indoors.
Each species of the green hornet orchid has specific temperature needs. However, in general, the temperature ranges from 50 to 85 degrees F. Other types of green hornet orchids may require cooler temperatures, especially those grown in higher locations.
Green hornet orchid usually requires a lot of moisture at the roots, especially during flowering seasons. When the pseudobulbs (swelling at the base of the orchid’s stem where the nutrients and water are stored) grow bigger, gradually decrease watering. At this stage, pot the orchids in very well-draining medium. Water once or twice weekly for green hornet orchids stored in cooler climates while those in warmer zones, water to at least thrice weekly.
Source of Light
Established green hornet orchids need an abundant amount of light though indirect sunlight. They have healthier growth indoors under overhead screening. They grow more actively if placed inside cool enclosures like pools or patios. The ideal place to put these plants is areas facing east, where they will surely get morning sun, not the hot afternoon sun.
Fertilize regularly once they reach full growth. Fertilize weekly during Spring until early Fall. During these seasons, watering in between fertilization will make green hornets produce healthier and happier blooms. When late Fall sets in, lighter fertilizing will be enough to sustain its nutritional needs until the end of winter. The choice of fertilizer should go well with the potting medium used. The orchids will sustain its growth potentials when all requirements are met.
When necessary, repot green hornets because it will be beneficial to the plant’s active growth. The ideal time to do this is at the end of the flowering season. Soak the plant at the roots with warm water for about 10 minutes to protect the roots from any damage. Clay orchid pots are most recommended as potting containers while plastic pots are the cheaper alternatives. Use wooden baskets, especially if the plan is to grow the plant for several years to come. Always use a well -drained potting medium such as coarse fir bark, river rocks, pieces of broken pottery, chunks of tree fern, and hardwood charcoal. Divide the plant and remove all dead roots from the divisions, then put them aside to allow new roots to emerge. After repotting, water and fertilize the plants as usual. Remember to place the repotted plants under slightly lower light for several weeks.
Resources and References:
Epidendrum and Encyclia Culture Page
Encyclia Green Hornet
Encyclia Green Hornet