365 days of orchids – day 720 – Gongora maculata
December is a good time of year for Gongora flowers and our beautiful red Gongora maculata is in flower again.
Gongora maculata is one of the larger growing species and produces large flowers on long pendulous spikes. The flowers on this clone are very heavily spotted in dark red but there are less spotted clones around.
We grow the plant like all our Gongoras in a basket so that it can be hung up when the flower spikes appear although we find plants prefer to sit on a bench when not in flower as they are then much easier to keep well watered. We find that plants prefer wet roots and dryer air to keep leaves in good condition and to make up the large bulbs which produce multiple long flower spikes.