Barkeria skinneri – 365 days of orchids – day 1437

I will start the week with this gorgeous species from that loves to grow mounted on a large piece of cork bark.

The species is native to Mexico where it grows in open deciduous oak forrest. Each year it grows long cane like stems up to 1m long, and produce spikes covered in glorious pink flowers and this year we have more than ever.

We find that barkerias have to grow mounted as roots quickly rot when we pot them. The abundant roots seem to thrive when out in fresh air where they dry quickly after watering. We spray plants heavily during the summer when in active growth but reduce watering in the winter when the plants become semi-deciduous.

We will be taking a close look at the fascinating genus at our Live Orchid Christmas – Zoom link https://zoom.us/j/97501868004 at 6.30pm on Thursday (3rd Dec)


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