Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Zygopetalum Redvale 'Fire Kiss'

Zygopetalum Redvale 'Fire Kiss' right out of the potThis wreck used to be a nice Zygopetalum Redvale 'Fire Kiss' plant. I made several major mistakes with it and ended up with this. There is no acceptable reason for me to let it get in this state.

The genus Zygopetalum (Z) contains 40 species are spread through Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, Bolivia and Peru. They like a humid, semi-shady environment.

The immediate cause was the hot, bright environment I put in in. The first mistake was not breaking up a tight rootball before re-potting. If I can stop blushing, I will do a page on the website about this plant.

Zygopetalum Redvale 'Fire Kiss' after cleanupAfter I carefully trimmed the brown parts, I found that the plant was not giving up. There were four new growths, three of which had not been sunburned.

I hope I can get it back into good condition. The first thing I will do is go to the RHS and go up the list of parents until I can identify the component species. Both the immediate parents are also hybrids so I need to dig deeper. Once I have done that I will go to to get an idea of the habitat. What I know so far is that it was being grown well enough indoors but it didn't flower for the previous owner.


  1. Well, Richard, all I can say is that you're pretty hard core. If it were me, that plant would be tossed onto the compost pile. I admire your persistence.

  2. That's what orchid rescue is all about, practice, practice, practice. While this isn't a plant I would fork over cash for, working with it will help me with that once in an opportunity.

    Haven't you seen the sign on a shop "We buy junk, we sell antiques"? That's me.

  3. Don't be so hard on yourself... this is a wonderful plant, I have seen greater miracles.

    Identify the component species and look for information on expert restoration for your plant.

    Good luck :)

    Terri A.

  4. That this is telling me is that I am about at the upper limit of the number of plants I can take care of. I should have been aware of the decline in the plant's health sooner.