Phalaenopsis Mystic Princess Orchid Care & Culture

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Hybrid Name: Phalaenopsis Mystic Princess

Parents: Phal. Princess Kaiulani var. flava x Phal. cochlearis

Care Group: See Phalaenopsis Orchid Care

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Phalaenopsis Mystic Princess Care

A slow-growing but floriferous hybrid. Phal Mystic Princess is uncommon likely due to the rarity of Phal cochlearis and also because of trait of cupped flowers which is passed on to the progeny.

Flowers are lightly fragrant, but will likely go undetected unless you have a keen sense of smell and if you stuff your nose into the flower. Fragrance is heavy or thick and difficult to describe. Flower spikes began around the end of November (25th) and flowers began opening early spring (March 5). The spike took just over 3 months to grow from new spike to producing a flower—which is on the longer side. The spikes are more ridged and stick-like than other phals I’ve owned. I had 2 of 3 buds blast leading up to March, which I think was because I was spraying with soap-water and got some on the bud which caused it them to pop open early and abort.

Overall its been an okay grower. After an initial growth spurt the first 3 months that I had it, it has tapered off.  I care for it the same way I do my other phals. The only difference is I’ve added an extra 30% ratio of large-size pumice with my standard orchid mix of bark and sphagnum moss.

The cochlearis may require more calcium than other phals because it is a lithophyte from limestone habitats. The leaves and spikes certainly have a tougher texture than other phals, so consider adding limestone chips to your media if your plant is not doing well. It grew better roots over the winter than many of my other violacea hybrids. The roots are thin like mariae and the leaves are dark green with striations.

Phalaenopsis Mystic Princess Photos

Phalaenopsis Mystic Princess (cochlearis x Princess Kaiulani fma flava)