Phalaenopsis Tying Shin Fly Eagle Orchid Care & Culture

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Hybrid Name: Tying Shin Fly Eagle (tetraspis x Dragon Tree Eagle)

Care Group: See Phalaenopsis Orchid Caresheet
Breeding Project: This plant has babies! Check out my photo vlog of the process: x bastianii

Culture & Care

I care for this Phal Tying Shin Fly Eagle, how I do my other summer blooming phals like bellina and violacea hybrids. The potting mix is moisture retentive with about 30% sphagnum moss to the remaining mix of bark, charcoal and perlite. It grows more vigorously than the bellina f. alba and has produced more roots and a larger leaves by comparison. At first the Tying Shin Fly Eagle only produced pairs of flowers or small clusters, but over the past 3 years the flower count has increased each year. Flowers are inconsistently produced, sometime in spring, other times in summer to early fall.

Light shouldn’t be hot, but they can handle moderate to high amounts of light. Mine receive intermediate light and filtered, direct sun exposure at an east-facing window from sunrise until about noon; in the afternoon, I have a high-output LED strip light that runs until 5:30pm providing consistently bright light for at least 10h each day.

The flowers are uniquely colored and the petals can be red or yellow—the intensity of light and temperature will influence how much yellow or red the flowers have. Fully-red flowers being more common under lower temperatures and/or higher light. The flowers are fragrant with a spicy-floral smell—possibly a hint of cinnamon? I find the fragrance changes over time. It used to remind me of goat cheese…that kind of metallic sharpness; then for a year under my old LED lights it smelled like hotdog water; however now with the higher output lights it smells more generic spicy floral-esque without triggering thoughts of odd foods.

Overall this phal is great. One of my favourites in my collection for its abundant and frequent flowers, ease of care, odd fragrance, and it’s also very easy to use in breeding—producing seeds (as both pod or pollen) with plants more readily than any other Phal I own.

Phalaenopsis Tying Shin Fly Eagle Photos

September Blooms – the first pair to form under my care
Phal Tying Shin Fly Eagle – the first week home (June blooms)