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Species Data

GenusAerides
Species or Hybrid Namerosea
Variation/
Sub-species
Synonyms/
Common Names
Aerides affinis var rosea Aerides trigona Aerides williamsii Aeides fieldingii Source: Kew World Checklist of Monocotyledons
HybridNo
Parentagen/a
Scented Yes
Growth TypeEpiphyte
Growth Habit

The leaves are thin and arch gracefully, giving the plant the appearance of a small Vanda.

Temp RangeHot - over 70°F
HumidityMedium - 60% - 80%
OriginEastern Himalayas to South and Indo-China
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Aerides rosea
CopyrightJustTropicals.com - 16/06/07
Aerides rosea flower spikes taken at Peterborough International Orchid Show, England, Saturday 16th June 2007.
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General

Aerides rosea is one of the most beautiful and compact-growing of all the Aerides species. It has beautiful, long, "bottle-brush" spikes of scented flowers. The flower spike is pendulous and can be up to 18" (45cm) long, often exceeding the total length of the plant. The spike is densely clothed in quite large flowers which are a lovely mixture of pink shades, with a very pale pink background liberally splashed with a darker, candy pink.


 
Cultivation

This orchid, as with most vandaceous types, is best grown mounted or in a slatted basket. No planting medium is needed, although you could use a small amount of coarse bark or sphagnum moss in the basket if you wish. Aerides may also be suitable for vase culture (for an explanation please see the entry in the Glossary) if grown in the home.

Watering should continue throughout the year, but with a reduction in fertilizer over the winter while the plant is not actively growing. Once the roots begin to grow fertilizer can be given and continued through the growing season, with plain being given every third or fourth watering.


 
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NoteCultural information should only be used as a guide, and should be to be adapted to suit you. Your physical location; where you grow your plants, how much time you have to devote to their care, and many other factors, will need to be taken into account. Only then can you decide on the cultural methods that best suit you and your plants.
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