WSBEorchids

Coelogyne schultesii – 365 days of orchids – day 1299

The finial catch up orchid is this reliable and easy to grow Coelogyne.

There are always Coelogynes flowering in the school greenhouse and this species always flowers during the summer holiday.

Unusually, Coelogyne schultesii has a wonderful habit of flowering for several years from each flower spike, a habit it shares with a small number of other species from section prolifera, and this gives a fantastic display from mature plants.

After flowering the flower spikes take a ten month rest before extending again for the next year’s flowers. The longest we have had is four years of flowering from one stem.

We have seen this species in forest above Gangtok in Sikkim, and Kalimpong in West Bengal, where it grows in cool, wet, evergreen, monsoon forest on mossy trunks and branches.To match this habitat we grow the species in our Cool Asia section (minimum 10C) and keep it well watered throughout the year and remember not to cut off the flower spikes.

We have found four more of these plants for the online shop.

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