Group : Angraecoid
Covers these genera : Aerangis (Aergs.) , Aeranthes (Aerth.) , Angraecum (Angcm.) , Angranthes (Angth.) , Chamaeangis (Chmngs.) , Cribbia (Cri.) , Cyrtorchis (Cyrtcs.) , Diaphananthe (Dpthe.) , Eurychone (Echn.) , Jumellea (Jum.) , Neobathiea (Nbth.) , Oeonia (Oeo.) , Oeoniella (Oenla.) , Plectrelminthus (Plmths.) , Podangis (Pdngs.) , Rangaeris (Rgs.) , Sobennikoffia (Sbk.)

General information for this group :
Most members of this group require nearly identical conditions. They are easy to grow and bloom when provided with the right environment. You can find some of the most fragrant orchid flowers in this group, with fragrance primarily released at night. The initial discussion is for Angraecum and any hybrid which has Angraecum in it's background. For subgroups that have additional information, it will appear under individual headings near the bottom of the page. Alternatively, you can click on the genus name above to take you directly to that subgroup.


Subgroup : Angraecum

Covers these genera : Aerangis (Aergs.) , Angraecum (Angcm.) , Angranthes (Angth.) , Cribbia (Cri.) , Cyrtorchis (Cyrtcs.) , Plectrelminthus (Plmths.) , Rangaeris (Rgs.) , Sobennikoffia (Sbk.)

Light :
Moderate to bright light is adequate for most of these plants. If the leaves are plain green, then try towards moderate light (2000 fc) first. Moderate light is the same brightness you would use for Phalaenopsis or Mottle-leaf Paphs. If the leaves are glaucous (bluish or silvery dusting on them), then try exposure towards brighter light (4000 fc) first. This light level is the same you would use for mini-catts or Strap-leaf Paphs. As is the norm, if the leaves become a dark, lush green, then you should increase the light levels. On the other hand, if the leaf color starts to bleach out or become yellowish, then decrease the light level.

Temperature :
Most of these plants do best under intermediate temperatures, as would be the case with the average house temperature. If only cooler temperatures are available, then reduce the amount of water applied at each watering.

Media :
This group is quite adaptable as far as media is concerned. Typically the smaller species prefer to be mounted on cork or treefern. This also applies to plants with thicker root systems. Medium and larger growing species are best managed in a coarser, but still moisture-retentive mix, as you would use for a Cattleya. When potting Angraecoids make sure not to damage the root system extensively, and use only the highest quality and durable media. Most of these plants do not appreciate root disturbance, and some species like Angcm. sesquipedale will often sulk for a year or more after repotting.

Water :
Rainwater or distilled water are preferable, since this group reacts badly to salt-buildup in the pots. Dehumidifier water is also a good choice. Under no circumstances should you ever use well water, bottled water or softened water. If you do, there will likely be little chance of saving the plant from dying. Water should always be at room-temperature or on the warm side.

Fertilizing :
They are not particularly heavy feeders, so fertilize on the lighter side to prevent root damage. A properly balanced orchid fertilizer is appropriate during the growing season from late February to end of September. The ratio of nutrients should be a 3:1:3 or 4:1:4 blend with micronutrients for best results.

Blooming :
Blooming is seasonal for most species, with the highest concentration of bloom during late winter through early spring. Fragrance is released most heavily at night, provided the growing area is dark. One or two flowers is usually sufficient to fill an entire room with a rich sweet fragrance.


Subgroup : Fan

Covers these genera : Aeranthes (Aerth.) , Diaphananthe (Dpthe.) [fan types] , Jumellea (Jum.)

Description :

Same as for Angraecum, except :

  • Most of these plants prefer being potted, using a larger mix for larger pots, and a finer mix for small pots.
  • Primarily moderate light-level plants

  • Subgroup : Mini

    Covers these genera : Podangis (Pdngs.)

    Description :

    Same as for Angraecum, except :

  • Excellent terrarium candidate
  • Does equally well mounted or potted

  • Subgroup : Mount

    Covers these genera : Chamaeangis (Chmngs.) , Diaphananthe (Dpthe.) [crawling types] , Eurychone (Echn.) , Neobathiea (Nbth.) , Oeonia (Oeo.) , Oeoniella (Oenla.)

    Description :

    Same as for Angraecum, except :

  • Grow much better on mounts, particularly cork
  • Compact growers are excellent candidates for terrariums

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