How to grow Gongora Orchids

This genus of South American orchids is famous for its really beautiful and unusual foliage, which comes in a variety of colors and shapes;
Its most magnificent specimens appear to twist themselves in the air. 65 species of gongoras are found primarily in Colombia,
some throughout South America and even North America and Central America.

They have a peculiar structure in which their flowers appear to scatter from each other.

Gongora plants are epiphytes, meaning they grow in the air, and the roots form thin, upright balls.

 They also have pseudobulbs in which pollen grows, strong enough to grow over a wide geographic range at several altitudes.

This genus has a rather interesting plant history.

Named after the governor of Peru during their discovery, they were one of the first tropical orchids discovered by someone among Europeans, and the new species Gongora is still being found all the time deep in the jungle.

Despite the beauty of these orchids, you are unlikely to find them grown in domestic cultivation

; These plants require a very specific climate to thrive, and are rarely found by expert botanists or sources.

 Nevertheless, you get an opportunity you can to grow, Gongora factory is a lovely floral sangkeumhago a tropical orchid gardener gift will be.

Notice the taxonomic confusion in this. However, it is closely related to other tropical orchids such as Cirrhaea , Coeliopsidinae , and Stanhopeinae .

How to grow Gongora Orchids blog
How to grow Gongora Orchids blog

Growing conditions

  • Light : This tropical orchid works best in partial shade or dappled sunlight, such as under a forest ceiling.
  • Be aware of common signs, such as discolored or pale leaves, which indicate that the plant is not emitting enough light.
  • Water : a lot of humidity; They need to mist every day . This plant naturally grows in the most humid areas in the world.
  • Temperature : Warm tropics above 50 degrees. Gongoras are not even close to frost tolerance.
  • Soil : As parasitic plants, these plants hang from the air and grow perfectly, no soil is needed.
  • However, it can also be grown in a hanging basket, in which case a well-drained orchid mixture, such as chopped buttercups, will be good.
  • Fertilizer : For best results, you can regularly feed a balanced fertilizer such as 20-20-20 and feed it if you don’t have enough flowers.


Like most orchids, Gongoras can be spread by breaking pseudobulbs.

Successful differentiation of such plants is not easy, but you can do so, as long as you use sterile tools and take special care not to damage the vulnerable root system.

 If the newly divided branches do not grow easily, do not be discouraged. Orchid breeding is an inaccurate science that requires real experience.


It is not necessary to rearrange Gongoras if grown in the air, but it is advisable to change the landscape from time to time to ensure that the soil is fresh each time it is grown in a hanging basket.

Take the root ball as a whole, place it in a new container, then fill it with dirt. This is especially useful to ensure that the drainage is well maintained.

 Because rooting in standing water is a sure way.


Gongora’s lovely diversity G. maculata is . G. maculata has scattering yellow flowers that branch in three directions.

 Another G. inquisitiveness with a truly bizarre appearance comes in black and red.

Of the 60 species of the genus, most are found only in very select areas of the South American jungle and are very rare.

Grower’s tips

Growing orchids are a matter of balance.

 All elements that go into their cultivation must be kept in moderation between each other, exceeding one factor.

 Too much direct sunlight, enough water, burning temperature, etc may damage plants.

Apart from that general balance, keep plants in a well aerated area with a good tone and beware of typical orchid pests like spider mites and scales

If so, you can trade with them using good pesticides (being eco-friendly!).

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