365 days of orchids – day 432 – Coelogyne holochila

We are now less than two weeks from arriving in Paris for the European Orchid Congress and Exhibition and the team at the Orchid Project are getting very excited. In part our excitement is due to the way that several of our really monster orchids have decided that they fancy a trip to Paris and have started to open their flowers. James seems very happy in the photo above as he surveys Coelogyne holochila which started to open flowers last week and will be in perfect condition for Paris.


This species is a large grower with 10cm pseudobulbs each topped with two dark green leaves and a long flower spike of six to twelve large attractive flowers. The species is native to the Himalayas where it is reported from Nepal through Sikkim, Bhutan and Arunachal Pradesh through to Yunnan. We have seen the species flowering in the tops of trees in wet evergreen forests at 2000m in Arunachal Pradesh and the closely related Coelogyne stricta in simillar forests.

Specimens in the wild become really large plants enveloping sections of the trunk or main branches of large trees and our specimen at school has grown to a very large size since arriving as a single bulb in 1993. We grow the plant in Cool Asia (minimum 10C) and keep it well watered throughout the year especially in the summer. The plant now has a verdant layer of natural moss around the base of the pseudobulbs.



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    Hi Simon can you please email me the Cymbidium seedlings for sale, Coelogyne Holochila, Elata and the prices please.

    Can I pay by phone

    Best wishes Chris


  2. christopher hayes-brown says:

    Hi Simon

    Hope all is Ok can you or someone contact me to say that Coelogyne Holochila and Cymbidium Insignia is to be dispatched as they both have been paid for, thanks Chris


    With other nurseries I deal with I get a text message to my phone 07926 783703 and an email to my home computer which I check when I finish work tonight

    • christopher hayes-brown says:

      Hi Simon

      Appreciate we all are very busy but a quick email/text to my mobile 07926 783703 to say received payment and plants to be dispatched.

      Kind regards


  3. christopher hayes-brown says:

    Hi Simon

    Very annoyed no email, you are normally good at responding, the monies left my bank last week, also your payment system Esty needs to be a bit more user friendly and confirm payment has left and order processed, I use other payment methods with orchid nurseries with excellent response.

    Kind regards


    • Simon Pugh-Jones says:

      Hi Chris – have you checked your ETSY messages – you should have received confirmation from me and from ETSY that your plans were dispatched yesterday. Please let me know if these messages are not getting through and i can take it up with ETSY.

    • christopher hayes-brown says:

      Hi Simon no message from Etsy, would of expected something to my email address at least, wait to hear from you

  4. christopher hayes-brown says:

    Hi Simon the plants have arrived well packed and in good condition. I will do a review.
    But can you ask Etsy why no confirmation went to my email.

    In the meantime please keep me posted on the other orchids I am interested in.

    If you go onto my Facebook you will see the activities, especially Pip and Hyperion the children’s book characters.

    Kind regards


  5. christopher hayes-brown says:

    Hi Simon let me know if you have anymore of these plants