The beauty of the tulip orchid

Tulip Orchid Anguloa_cliftonii

If you like orchids, you will know that, beyond the ones you know and acquire easily, there is another type. One of them is the tulip orchid, one of the most beautiful but less known, at least outside of Colombia.

Do you want to know what it is like? What characteristics does it have or the care it requires? Then take a look at the information we have collected.

What is the tulip orchid like?


The first thing you should know about the tulip orchid is that it is the national flower of colombia. However, its natural habitat is not only in the Colombian country, but also in areas of Venezuela, Ecuador and Peru. Over there They know it better as the Anguloa orchid or Cradle of Venus. The first of the names, Anguloa, comes from the General Director of Mines of Peru in the 18th century, Don Francisco de Angulo.

Visually, the tulip orchid has some similarity to a tulip, hence the name. The genus is made up of eleven species. They are characterized by having long leaves, ranging from 40 to 80 centimeters (sometimes exceeding one meter twenty), lanceolate and with folds. These arise from fairly large pseudobulbs.

They are not perennial plants, but They lose their leaves every year and enter a state of dormancy. until the next season when the bulbs sprout again and generate leaves and with them flowers.

Regarding the flowers, they have petals and sepals. They form a small cup with an erect and balanced lip. In addition, it has four polynyas on an elongated and rectangular stipe. Its smell is very reminiscent of cinnamon.

These flowers for about a month. And the plant can live from three to ten years.

Tulip orchid care

tulip orchid

After knowing a little more about the tulip orchid, the fact that it can be purchased online, or that you can get a specimen through florists or nurseries is easy. But before doing so, we recommend that you know how to take care of it so as not to lose it in a short time.

We can help you with that. Below we are going to leave you with all the care that this plant needs.

Lighting design

The first thing you should know about the tulip orchid is that It is a plant that likes light. But not direct sun. Therefore, you could put it outside your house or inside.

If you put it outside, try to choose a place where there is light, but not direct sun. Maybe in semi-shade or full shade. This will depend on the weather in your home since if you live in very hot climates the semi-shade could be too much.

If you keep it indoors, we recommend that you put it near a window, but not in direct sunlight. To screen it, you can use a curtain or similar.


The tulip orchid is a plant that needs, like other orchids, a suitable temperature. During the day it will be fine if you have it at about 20-25 degrees Celsius. At night, 12-16ºC will be enough.

Does it mean that you can't have it beyond those temperatures? Yes and no. The first year you have her is going to be the most conflictive because she needs to adapt to her new environment. And that implies that it will need an environment more similar to its natural habitat than yours. But little by little you can adapt it to new temperatures, lighting, irrigation, humidity...

Now, If the temperature exceeds 30 degrees, yes you can suffer, and the same if it falls to temperatures below 7-8 degrees without you protecting it.


The appropriate soil for a tulip orchid is that composed of bark, peat, perlite and charcoal. But if you don't want something like that, you can always opt for the special substrate for orchids, which will also work very well.

Regarding transplanting, you should know that this plant needs to change its soil and, sometimes, its pot, every year or every two years. You should always do it at the end of winter or at the beginning of fall.



Irrigation is one of the most important tulip orchid care procedures. Especially because, if you go too far, you put her at risk. In general, and As long as it has leaves, you should water it once or twice a week.

When the leaves fall and it enters a period of dormancy, many recommend watering every ten or twelve days. But it will depend on the humidity and climate you have. And if you water it and there is a lot of humidity, you could end up rotting the bulbs.

One of the signs that the plant will send you that it has too much water is that spots will appear on the leaves and you will see that the roots begin to rot. If that happens, stop watering immediately and check the soil. If it is very wet, it is best to transplant it with new dry soil and let it rest for a few days before starting watering again.


Related to irrigation is humidity. The tulip orchid needs fairly high humidity. But it has a problem, and that is It does not tolerate water being poured on its leaves. In fact, if you do, it is normal for strange spots to start appearing on them. So you have to give it moisture in another way.

One of them can be by placing a plate with leka or gravel under the pot and pouring water into it so that it evaporates and nourishes it. Another option is with a humidifier that you could place at a certain distance so that it does not affect the leaves.


The tulip orchid requires a subscriber, but only during active months. It is best to add it to the irrigation water and do it every three irrigations. When it starts to lose leaves, it is best not to fertilize more.


The reproduction of the tulip orchid is quite simple, although it will require time, and good care, for you to carry it out.

And the spread will be through bulbs that will grow from large (that is, small bulbs from which new plants will grow). In autumn, when it goes dormant, you can dig up the bulbs to see if they have produced "children." If so, and you see them large, you can cut them off (make a clean cut) and let them heal before replanting.

As you see, the tulip orchid is one of the most beautiful flowering plants you could consider having at home. Would you dare to grow it?

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