Phal. gigantea (gigantea ' King ' x gigantea var alba ' Ta-Wei ' JC/TOGA) , NF2561
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This intriguing new strain, created by Mr. Yang Yang of Prince Orchids, combines the clone ‘King’ which is the best of the best Phal. gigantea, with the awarded alba clone 'Ta-Wei'. We expect the plant to be smaller in size due the alba influence. Seedlings are about 2 years out of flask and already have a leaf span of 6-8 inches. This is what we call species vigor as this rate of growth remarkably fast for this species. This is a breakthrough cross and no one knows what the outcome is until it flowers. We are dying with anticipation!

 Found in lowland to hill forests at elevations up to 1,300 feet, Phal. gigantea is named the “Gigantic Phalaenopsis” for its enormous leaves that can grow up to 3 feet long in nature. It is a large sized, warm to hot growing, understory epiphyte carrying 5 to 6, pendulous, leathery, shiny, bluish green, obtuse leaves. It can bloom at any time but mostly in the late summer and early fall on a 6-15 inch pendulous, many flowered inflorescence with small, triangular bracts and sweetly fragrant, simultaneously opening flowers. The round, fleshy flowers are 1.5 - 2.75 inches in diameter. The inflorescence remains green and can flower for several years, so it is best not to cut it off unless it is brown and dry. Phal. gigantea grows extremely slowly, needing 8-12 years to reach blooming size (hence its high price).

 It is a very demanding (but not too difficult) species with strict requirements for growing conditions. This plant favors shadier conditions than its relatives in the subgenus Polychilos (e.g., Phal. cornu-cervi, Phal. violacea, Phal. bellina, Phal.amboinensis). An average daytime temperature of 85°F and nighttime temperature of 75° F is recommended year round. Phal. gigantea needs a humidity of 70-75%. In its natural habitat, the humidity is higher. Sphagnum moss is recommended as a substrate, with regular use of highly diluted fertilizer sprayed on the leaves as a foliar fertilizer. Its roots are sensitive to fertilizer salts, which will lead to leaf tip burn. Tilting the pot at an angle of 30-45° ensures good drainage and minimizes crown rot. Repotting (if necessary) is best done when new roots begin to grow. Phal. gigantea should be kept constantly moist throughout the year using room temperature water at about 70°F. This orchid is extremely susceptible to rotting; plants should be watered early in the morning and must dry quickly. The constant movement of air between the long leaves is very important. This plant has no rest period and should not be exposed to large temperature fluctuations. A “must have” for any novelty Phal. breeding program. Phal. gigantea influences the flower shape and color, however it does not dominate the leaf size in complex hybrids. Highly recommended for the species nut and fragrant orchid lover.

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PLEASE NOTE: Since this is a Seedling Population (not a Mericlone which produces exact duplicates), the picture is for illustration purposes only. No two plants will be the same from this cross, and they will flower in a range of possibilities coming from the two parents.
Class Phalaenopsis, Species
Genus Phal.
HybridName gigantea
PodParent gigantea ' King '
PollenParent gigantea var alba ' Ta-Wei ' JC/TOGA
Color Other
BloomSeason Spring,Summer,Fall
PropagationMethod Seedling
Fragrance No
PlantLocation Greenhouse,House,Outdoor-frost free
LightRequirement Low 800+ F.C.
Species True
CompactGrower False
Temperature Warm


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