How To Take Care Of Odontoglossum?

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These orchids like cool temperatures and higher altitudes.


With these orchids it’s good to pot as new growth begins in the spring or fall. Plan for at least 1-2 years of growth when potting because they like to be pot bound. The potting medium for this orchid should be fine with excellent drainage capabilities.

One way to create a perfect potting medium for this orchid is to put rocks, crock shards, or other lumpy material in the bottom 1/3 of the entire pot so there is great drainage. Like other orchids, you spread the roots over a cone of potting material and fill around the roots with light pressure.


This ties in with the potting because if you don’t pot your orchids correctly then water drainage will be an issue. They need plenty of water and a way to judge this is that when the medium just starts to dry you water again. You can judge the weight of the pot as well to determine if water is needed.

How To Take Care Of Odontoglossum?

Humidity & Airflow:

The ideal level needed for these orchids is 40-80 humidity. You can accomplish this by putting pebbles, marbles or the like at the bottom of a pan and then filling water around the pebbles. As the water evaporates your orchid will get humidity.


Light levels can be bright but this orchid does not need extended periods of direct sun. In general, an east window or shaded south window is good. Note: A west window is probably too warm in most regions.


This type of orchid is more cold tolerant than others. Daytime Temperatures should be between 75-80 degrees. You should try for Nighttime Temperatures in the range of 55-58 degrees. Note: One type (Odontoglossums) actually thrives at nighttime temperatures of 50-55 degrees.


Like all orchids they like to be fertilized. A twice per month application of 30-10-10 fertilizer formulation is good for orchids potted in bark mediums, while a 20-20-20 is good with alternate mediums. To get blooms going you may try a 10-30-20 formulation because it has high phosphorus and is known as a bloom booster.