|An incomplete flower, the first few flowers to open|
at the base of the inflorescence tend to be this way
|An inflorescence that has been allowed to grow in a pendulous manner|
|A mass of pseudobulbs showing a very modestly sized root basket|
|A mature plant blooming, the inflorescence has been trained horizontally|
for better display. Notice the heftly log needed to keep
the plant upright against the weight of the inflorescence.
|Grammatophyllum Tiger Paw a hybrid (elegans x scriptum) |
just after its removal from a plastic pot
|The tree fern plaque in which Gramm. elegans grew originally, notice the |
large ferns and begonias and sundry plants growing on the plaque.
Media: Any material that resists decay, after the root basket formed, none.
Potting: First on well drained plastic pots, then on a very strong metal basket.
Fertilizing: 20-20-20 every week during the growing season. When it has a root basket of a significant size I put a few pieces of very dry horse manure on top of the root mass at the start of the growing season and keep replacing them as they degrade and are washed away by the rain. Feeding this plant conscientiously during its growing season is the key for producing the large pseudobulbs that are the key to blooming this species.
Light: Full morning sun, light shade after midday, It gets this regime because it is what is available on the only spot that I had to put this plant.
Temperature: From 95F high during the day in summer to 60F during the night in winter.