Acanthostachys Pitcairnioides Care
Acanthostachys Pitcairnioides demands humid living conditions. If you keep your home at average air humidity, sprays the leaves and flower cup with a light dose of water every other day.
Bright light without direct sunlight is preferable.
A well draining and loose soil mixture is suitable. 1 part peat, 1 part bark and 1 part coarse sand or perlite is one mix which can be used.
Acanthostachys Pitcairnioides are picky about the temperature that it likes to live at. Depending on the season, your plant will demand different temperatures in order to maintain its health. In the summer, offer the plant a spot that is 65-80 °F (18-27 °C). In the fall, winter, and cooler spring months, the plant needs a 60-75 °F (16-24 °C) temperature. During the coldest winter, occasional periods can be withstood up to 40 °F (4 °C), but extended exposure will affect the coming year's bloom.
Because of the shallow nature of the roots, the Acanthostachys Pitcairnioides gathers most of its moisture from the air and directly from the leaves and flowers. During the summer months, the leaves, flowers, and roots should be watered daily to keep them moist, but never soggy. Any flower cups pointing upward may be filled with water and allowed to sit. During the fall, winter, and cooler parts of spring, the plant should be misted every few days and watered enough to keep the soil just shy of dry.
This plant may be fertilized with a balanced fertilizer mix. This is to be diluted to half strength, and delivered directly to the flower cup as long as the flower is blooming. This should be done once a month. The fertilizer should be poured out after 4-5 days and replaced with regular water. Do not fertilize the root system. When the plant is not flowering, the leaves may be misted with the same fertilizer, diluted to one-quarter strength, once a month.
After flowering has occurred for the year, new shoots may be uprooted and broken off from the main plant. These can be transferred to their own pot, where they will take root over the course of a couple of weeks.