Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Stanhopea panamensis N.H. Williams & Whitten 1988, this plant came from a selfing of the clone "chocolate mint"
I have had this plant for many years. It is easy to cultivate in my climate and pests don't bother it. It has a very strong fragrance reminiscent of chocolate.
Thursday, August 17, 2017
This orchid is an African Bulbophyllym of the section megaclinium. I brought it some years ago. It had a few small pseudobulbs and was mounted in cork. I tied the cork plaque to a wire basket full of bark and allowed the plant to roam free. I grew it shady with frequent watering and fertilizer. The flower grew well and spread over the basket but failed to bloom. This year I noted that the plant had plenty of adult sized pseudobulbs so it should have bloomed some time ago. My rule of thumb is that if a plant is not blooming the first thing to check it to see if it is getting enough light. I moved it to a brighter part of the shade house, only a short distance away from where it was growing. In weeks the inflorescences started appearing.