Stelis reginae – 365 days of orchids – day 966


It is rather cool and windy for early August and rather cool in the greenhouse this morning which is just what this species loves.

Stelis reginae is one of the larger flowered Stelis and is endemic to Ecuador where it is found in wet cloud forest at 1800m. We therefore grow the species cool and wet all year. It  has flowers with a very attractive pink edging against the cream ground colour and our large specimen flowers for many months over the summer and autumn.

We find that growing specimen plants of Stelis or Pleurothallis is easier in baskets than pots as the compost says in good condition for longer and the plants can form a natural ball rather than growing out of their pot.

The plant lost a couple of leaves in the hot weather earlier in the summer but is now in full growth and flower.



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