FDK. After Dark 'Bakers Black Hole' AM/AOS

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Fdk. After Dark 'Bakers Black Hole' AM/AOS is an award winning orchid. Stunning hybrid with burgundy and black flowers and fragrant flowers. These are awarded clones and will produce beautiful cascading blooms in optimal conditions. 

💚Difficulty: Intermediate
🪴Size:  Medium (Has potential grow large with good culture)
🌸 Blooms:  Fragrant, Medium (3-5cm)
🌱 Grown by:  Mericlone
🧬 Genetics: Catasetinae intergeneric hybrid 

General Culture and Care Information (Catasetinae Intergenerics)

New to Catasetinae? Learn to recognize the different cycle of Catasetina.   Check out our quick beginner guide here

*Cultural and care information is based on average Catasetinae care, use it as guide and should be adapted to suit your environment. Some Catasetinae intergeneric hybrids may have more specific care. Always do thorough research for your planties.

🌸 Flowering: The blooming season for Catasetinae occurs at the end of their growth period. To determine if your plants are growing well, check if the new bulb is larger than the previous one. The larger the bulb, the higher the chances of inflorescence. (flowering).

Note: If the flower is touched after blooming, it may activate the pollinia, causing the flower to expire immediately.

🌡 Temp: General Catasetinae intergeneric hybrids are Intermediate-Warm to Hot (☀️22-33°C/🌑18-26°C) during growth. Keep mid-range with 4-6°C difference day to night.

During dormancy can be intermediate to hot.

💧 Water: Based on growth stage (see tutorial video) During growth season, increase watering based on root length until peak growth period. Have a water reservoir and do not allow dryout, increase watering fertilizer and light during peak growth season to grow the bulb to maximum potential. During dormancy, if you choose to water, allow dryout withing 2-3 days or there may be risk of bulb rotting.

☁️Humidity: 50-60% or more during growth season. In low humidity homes, a stick sap may build up on the leaves. Rinse with warm water to wash off sap, reduces pest attraction. During dormancy 25%+ is ok. If bulb starts to shrivel, allow light watering and dry within 2-3 days.

💡 Light: 

🇨🇦 Summer Bright indirect to Medium direct, SouthEast or West exposure. Avoid the brightest 1-2 hours of the days during peak summer months. Direct sun exposure for 4-6 hours in the morning or evening best. Can be grown outdoors.

🇨🇦 Winter: During dormancy, very low but still have some light available.

🌰 Media: Flexible. Sphagnum Moss, Bark, perlite, charcoal, leca, firbark, coconut husk mix, or any combination.  Best time to repot is when there is just sign of a new growth. The plant should be positioned in the pot so that the newest growth is farthest away from the edge of the pot, allowing the maximum number of new growths before crowding the pot. Keep humidity high, fast wet to dry cycles in the medium until roots are rooted into the media. If it's new bark, make sure to soak heavily.

🧪: Fertilize: HEAVY during active growing vegetative stage. Increase as the bulb gets more mature to maximize growth potential in the bulb to get highest chance of inflorescence (flowering).  We recommend MSU & Marphyll 

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