Epidendrum centropetalum is a small orchid that grows epiphyte, or leans against the branches of trees in the humid tropical forest, especially the South American forest, even at high altitudes.
The name derives from the union of the Greek terms "epi" = above and "déndron" = tree, referring precisely to the fact that the plant grows on the trees.
From spring to autumn, on the ends of the stems, it produces very delicate pink flowers, umbrella-shaped and very small.
This Epidendrum orchid is among the plants that perhaps are less similar to the classical orchids, but its graciness makes it particular and refined.
This pink orchid, in its natural habitat, lives in environments rich in humidity: this is why frequent nebulisations are recommended. But be careful not to exceed with waterings: humid environments does not mean excessive irrigation. For this it is good to water them by immersion, dripping well after having extracted from the basin. In the colder months, it is sufficient to water it even every 8-10 days; in the hot months, the interval should be reduced to 5-6 days.
The ideal temperatures are between 10 and 15 ° C in winter: it can be placed inside in bright places but away from sources of heat; in summer it can be placed outside but always avoiding direct sunlight.
The ideal soil, like all orchids, is composed of a mix of universal soil, sphagnum and small pieces of bark.
Fertilization should be done with fertilizer specific for orchids every 10-12 days in the period when the Epidendrum presents the shoots; it is recommended to suspend them when the first flowers bloom.