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This is a discussion on Culture help within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I have a new orchid, it's a Kichara Tropical Jewel "Hihimanu." I can't find any ...

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    Default Culture help

    I have a new orchid, it's a Kichara Tropical Jewel "Hihimanu." I can't find any specific culture info for it. Can anyone help? Thanks!

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    This thread might help:

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    Kirchara Tropical Jewel (Sophrocattleya Tangerine Jewel x Epidendrum stamfordianum)

    Photos below published by Orchidwiz.

    The parents:
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    Care: Care for this orchid as if it was a cattleya.

    Light Requirements:

    2000 - 3300 footcandles

    Out of all of the orchids commercially grown for sale, only Vandas surpass the Cattleya in light requirements to bloom abundantly. As a general rule, give plenty of bright light!


    70 - 90 degrees F. daytime, 60 - 65 degrees F. night.


    40 - 65 % relative humidity is ideal


    While Cattleyas adapt well to less than ideal conditions and therefore make good "beginner" orchids, their high light requirements are sometimes difficult to achieve in the home. Be sure to place them where they will receive abundant light with direct sun striking them only very early in the morning. Allow them to dry slightly between waterings.

    Since a parent in this cross is an Epidendrum, feed as if caring for the Epi.

    Epi. appreciate high amounts of fertilizer. Insufficient amounts of nutrients can lead to less dense flower spikes and fragile roots. Epidendrum orchids grown in environments where they receive a lot of light will need more nitrogen than those growing in a low-light environment, e.g. indoors in the northern part of the world. If you give your Epi. cross a fertilizer with too much nitrogen it can result in an elongated, unattractive growth habit.

    Kirchara = Kir made with C x Epi x L x S see the RVO Orchid Genus List for more information.


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    Wow...that’s more info than I could

    I have an Epi. standfordianum and it definitely likes high light. The cross of those two parents is such an amazing color and doesn't really look like either one!


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    I have this plant. Mine is easy to grow in general Cattleya conditions.

    Here is a picture of my plant last blooming:

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