365 days of orchids – day 383 – Barkeria whartonia
Barkeria whartonia is native to Oaxaca state, Mexico, where it grows in dry deciduous forest either as an epiphyte of on rocks . As a result it produces masses of thick roots that resent being surrounded by damp compost and prefer being exposed to the air. We grow plants mounted and hanging high in our Warm Americas Section (min 15C) where plants are exposed to good light and lots of air. Plants produce thin stems about 30cm long with lush but short-lived leaves and then a branching flower spike that adds a further 80cm to the growth.
With us, Barkeria whartonia starts to flower in December and will still be flowering in March. New growth follow flowering and we water plants every day when in growth.