This hansome, glossy-leaved orchid hails from low to mid
regions of South America.
Of the 15
species of Zygopetalum, many are terrestrial. With multiple blooms that
often in flower for 8 weeks, then make orchid's generic name is derived
from the Greek term for "yoked petal", referring to the
yoke-like frowth at the base of the flower lip.
LIGHT: Your Zygo enjoys the morning and afternoon sun but
should be protected from hot midday sunlight. A light leaf with just
a hint of yellow indicates that the plant is receiving the maximum amount
of sun it can take; a dark green leaf indicates that it needs more
WATER: Watering of Zygo is a delicate balancing act. They
shouldn't be allowed to go dry, yet they don't care for a soggy
environment either. Watering once every seven to ten days is about right.
As with everything else, special consideration must be given for the
drying effects of varying ambient air temperature and humidity.
TEMPERATURE: Zygo orchids will tolerate considerable summer
heat as long as they have mild nighttime temperatures between 50-65 degrees
F. Exposure to cold temperatures (down to 28 degrees F) for few hours each
night will not damage an acclimatized plant, but once the plant spikes or
flowers, it should be protected from temperatures below 35 degrees F. Always keep
these plants free from frost.