Today’s orchid of the day is another of our display plants at Malvern and last year won RHS Orchid of the Year. This year it is flowering a little later and so isn’t yet at peak flowering – but still looks gorgeous.
This terete leaved relative of Cattleya is native to Brazil where it grows in warm open forest in good light. It is relatively slow growing and we find it does best mounted where its long lived roots can grip tightly to the bark. We find it dislikes pots or baskets presumably because the roots cannot tolerate prolonged wet periods. Saying this we find that mounted it enjoys being watered daily and when we have with held watering at flowering time the flowers have not opened fully – so mounted but well watered seems to be its preference in our greenhouse.
This is the same plant last year