Plant Care Cockleshell Orchid

Cockleshell Orchid

Also known as

Encyclia cochleata, Anacheilium cochleatum, Epidendrum cochleatum, Clamshell orchid and Black orchid


Prosthechea cochleata

How to care for Cockleshell Orchid


How often to water your Cockleshell Orchid

Water needs for Cockleshell Orchid
0.5 cups
every 9

Cockleshell Orchid needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Cockleshell Orchid

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Cockleshell Orchid in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Cockleshell Orchid: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Cockleshell Orchid may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

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How to fertilize Cockleshell Orchid

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Cockleshell Orchid: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Cockleshell Orchid after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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Growth Pattern

Care Summary for Cockleshell Orchid

Cockleshell Orchid

Cockleshell Orchid

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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