Orchid Yu Pin Shirasagi Care & Conditions

Overview

The Yu Pin Shirasagi orchid is a white orchid with a pink center. Yu Pin Shirasagi often grow with 3 to 5 blossoms on a stem. Although they only blossom once a year, their blooms can last 4 to 6 weeks. Yu Pin Shirasagi orchids are popular worldwide.

Light

Orchids grow in nature under protective forest canopies and protective mid- and low-level bushes and trees. As such, they do best in moderate, indirect light. Orchids do well in east-facing windows where they can get direct, gentle morning sun. They can also do well in west-facing windows if the windows are shaded by medium to large trees or bushes.

Temperature

Orchids can survive warm temperatures as long as you protect them from direct sun. Yu Pin Shirasagi orchids do best in temperatures that average between 64 degrees F and 75 degrees F. Yu Pin Shirasagi orchids do not do well with cold temperatures. Don't allow nighttime temperatures to drop below 58 degrees F. Air flow, especially during hotter times of the day, is very important for orchid health. If your orchid's location is protected, consider placing a small fan nearby to help with air circulation.

Water

Water your orchids in the morning. If you live in a cold area, don't use water colder than 45 degrees F. In the winter, water every week or so. During the summer, water twice a week. Either water from the top with a watering can or soak your orchids in a pan of water. If you are growing your Yu Pin Shirasagi orchids with the roots exposed, mist the roots twice a week, even in winter.

Fertilizer

Yu Pin Shirasagi are heavy feeders. A good rule of thumb is to fertilize every second watering with a balanced liquid orchid food. By fertilizing every second watering, you are fertilizing your orchid more during the summer growing season when you water your plant more often.

Repotting

If your Yu Pin Shirasagi orchid outgrows its pot, repot the plant after it has finished flowering. Plant your orchid in a larger pot using a good orchid medium to fill in the pot. The type of pot best for your Yu Pin Shirasagi orchid will depend on how you are growing the plant and your climate. In arid or semi-arid climates, try to avoid pots with slits in the side intended to allow the roots to grow outside the pot. In more humid climates, these types of pots can be good for hanging orchids.

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