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

Bulbophyllum scaberulum (Rolfe) Bolus 1889, the flowers are tiny, intricate gems.

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.