365 days of orchids – day 325 – Restrepia cuprea


This is a large flowered and floriferous restrepia that flowers several times a year and regularly puts on a really good display like the one this week.

The species is endemic to Colombia and its name meaning ‘copper coloured restrepia’ accurately describes the very distinct colour of the flowers.

We succeed with Restrepias mounted, in pots and in baskets like this one. The challenge in baskets is to keep plants sufficiently damp during the summer but if this can be achieved a small basket turns into a fantastic ball of restrepia with flowers produced in all directions – lovely.

We are never without flowers on at least some of our restrepia species and several of our regular customers tell us that they do very well with restrepias in a shady spot indoors.


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