Coelogyne cristata

Coelogyne cristata
Coelogyne cristata

Which clean white flowers Coelogyne cristata is an epiphytic orchid from the foothills of the Himalayas into Vietnam.

The flowers are a beautiful white, ruffled petals with yellow markings. This a free flowering fragrant orchid that is relatively easy care when grown as an indoor plant.

How to Grow Coelogyne cristata

Coelogyne cristata x flaccida hybrid
Coelogyne cristata x flaccida hybrid

This is one of the easier of the Coelogyne Orchids to grow.

Good air flow and a cool winter are the keys to successfully growing this orchid.

You will find then for sale when they begin to come into flower, and a few varieties are available including the pure white Coelogyne cristata var alba.

A number of hybrids are also available including a few cristata x flaccida hybrids, which are one of the easier hybrids to make. Easy care and great for beginners

Coelogyne cristata Care Details

  • Soil/Growing Medium
    Use a commercial orchid potting mix that drains freely. An orchid basket is an ideal container.
  • Fertilizer
    Use a liquid orchid fertilizer every 2 – 3 weeks when the plant is growing and flowering. Hold back of fertilizer during dormancy.
  • Light
    Good indirect light of filtered light is required, no direct sun, so near a window or use grow lights.
    With grow lights you will need around 12 – 16 hours a day, however it is essential to let them have dark nights
  • Temperature
    A cool winter rest period of around 6 – 8 weeks is required to promote flowering. During this period temperatures of between (45-55°F/7-13°C) should be maintained.
  • Watering
    This is an epiphytic orchid, so good drainage and water from below to avoid the bulbs themselves becoming too wet. Hold back on water during the winter ‘cool period’. In summer water every 2-3 days, even every day during warmer summers. Avoid watering the foliage and new flower buds, water from below.

Repotting Coelogyne cristata

Put simply try not to repot unless absolutely need as they rent being disturbed. So every 8 – 12 years.