Tropical orchids growing at home

Rhynchostylis is a genus of tropical orchids, with long, curved leaves and waxy flowers growing in a tower-like structure
. They are mainly from Southeast Asia.
 Due to the specific requirements of growing conditions, it is an option only for tropical gardeners, especially those with shade.
 Also, these plants are considered exotic and are very rare in cultivation.

To keep track of one, you’ll need to refer to specialized botanical sources where tropical plants are hard to find.

Still, the dizzy floral structure of the Rhynchostylis plant will be a great addition to your tropical orchid collection.

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Growing conditions

  • Lightly : Naturally, this orchid grows in shady conditions under a forest canopy.
  • That’s why they need to be careful not to get in the sunlight and touch them directly under sunlight. The Rhynchostylis plant is sensitive to bright light.
  • Water : A humid and humid environment is required. Do not miss a day to keep fogging regularly and stay healthy.
  • Temperature : Warm tropics above 50 degrees. They are not frost resistant.
  • Soil : A hanging basket is best for this plant, soyou should get a medium that grows well, like chopped sprouts. The wrong drainage will kill these plants.
  • Fertilizers : Regularly fed, diluted and mixed with typical and balanced orchid fertilizers such as 20-20-20.


This orchid can be propagated by Satan. Separate it from the base. Ideally, use sterile tools to avoid contaminating the plants.

 Then place a new compartment in the container. As it can keep heat and moisture in and increase the plant’s chances of survival, bagging a new orchid bag is a good idea.

Do not be discouraged if the Rhynchostylis specimen does not spread easily. Remember, these are fragile and difficult plants.


Although not completely necessary, it is still not a bad idea to sporadically reduce the plant so that the growing medium does not run out.

If so, be careful not to damage the plant’s root system. This is because the roots are weakened even for tropical orchids

. It can also be mounted vertically. If so, it is not necessary in the obvious case.


There are 4 species of Rhynchostylis : coelestis , gigantea , retusa and rieferi

. Again, the most commonly known is R. gigantea , with the widest distribution of plants in the genus.

It is found throughout Southeast Asia, from the Philippines to Thailand.

There is some taxonomic confusion surrounding this genus because other botanists have suggested additions to the genus.

The resemblance to the Vandas doesn’t matter. If you are interested in this plant, check out what you are getting.

Grower’s tips

Since this orchid can be damaged by lots of other factors, it will require care and attention from you if you are really going to thrive.

Excessive sunlight can cause leaf tip burns or discoloration, but poorly drained baskets can damage the roots.

 Remember that you want a good balance and a little gentle air movement is good for hanging orchids (even if strong winds damage them).

Probably , it is easiest to erect the Rhynchostylis plant vertically . A little exceptionally, they bloom in winter, pay attention to their flowers in the cooler months. And I enjoy them when they appear.

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