Neofinitia.Darwinara Charm ‘Blue Star’
Neofinetia x Rhynchostylis = Neostylis (e.g. ‘Lou Sneary’)
Neofinetia falcata is arguably the first orchid ever to be grown as a house plant in Japan in the 1600’s. It is also known as the Samurai Orchid, as Shogun Tokugawa Ienari fell in love with the plant and it is rumored that samurai would help in searching and collecting the plants from the mountains. It is one of the world’s highest priced orchid (depending on the rarity of each variety), with a history of some plants selling for $100,000+. Neofinetias are enjoyed as bonsai are, for the foliage and the overall presentation of the plant. In Japan, it is said that the key to growing them is to enjoy the plant everyday of the year, not just for the flowers. They generally flower in June and July, and have a very sweet fragrance (somewhat like Jasmine) that is strongest at dusk and dawn.
like to stay slightly wet between watering from late April until September or October, when the weather is warm and the days are long.If allow the moss to completely dry out in May or June, neofinetia often abort flowering for the season.During the cool season, only water or mist the plants on sunny days (if you have high humidity, you don’t need to do this often). these plants have a warm and wet growing season, and then a cool and dry season in Japan. We have found that the plants do not require a cool dry rest to grow and flower well.
Fertilizing is important in the growing season only, which is from April until September/October. Fertilizer may be cut out 100% in the winter and when the plants are in bloom.
Fuukiran are very strong plants, and are quite easy to grow. can tolerate temperatures from 0 to 37 degrees Celsius. Ideal temperatures would be 15 degrees Celsius at night, with a daytime temp in the mid 25 to 28 degrees Celsius
They enjoy medium light conditions (no direct sun)
Neofinetia can grow in almost any substrate as long as they get good moisture to the roots with good air flow. They can grow in sphagnum moss, bark, bare root in baskets (like Vandas if the humidity levels are high) and mounted on cork slabs.
Semi-shaded with brighter morning sun will make these plants grow to their full potential. Being too cold and wet is often followed by bacterial or fungal rot. Also remember to keep the plant watered adequately as sun and wind will dry the plants out quickly.