Zygopetalum sp. is a small shrub from South America reaching between 2-5 feet in height; it is an epiphyte, meaning it needs to be grown attached to a tree or piece of wood. The uncommon and unusual features of this plant blooms make them quite sought after. Zygopetalum enjoys a moderate climate and can tolerate some full sun, but prefers semi-shade. In areas with colder winters, it can also be grown in pots in a greenhouse or on a patio, as long as precautions are taken to protect its roots from freezing temperatures.
Regular watering is important to keep Zygopetalum sp. in good health, however excessive soil moisture can cause rot. Because of this, it is important to use a soil or potting mix with good drainage. Fertilizing during the growing season can help to keep the plant healthy and encourage better blooming.
The rarity and beauty of Zygopetalum sp. is what sets it apart from other plants. Its blooms are unusual in that they come in a variety of shapes and colors, ranging from bright white to shades of purple and pink with yellow throats. The flowers are often fragrant, adding to its charm.
With proper care, Zygopetalum sp. can make an excellent addition to any garden or home. Its tall stems and unusual blooms can provide a unique addition to any outdoor space. Even those who live in colder climates can enjoy it, by protecting it through the winter and bringing it indoors if needed.