Regular readers will be aware that we are very fond of orchid species we have had the fortune of observing in their native habitat. One of these flowering today is Pleurothaliis ruscifolia, a species we have seen growing in Costa Rica.
Most of the plants we saw were growing on the trunks or lower branches of large evergreen trees and so spent much of their time in deep shade. We visited Costa Rica in July and found that on Poas it rained heavily every day. The rain usually arrived at about 12.30 and continued until about 4pm. We grow the species mounted and in pots in Cool Americas and keep it watered all year to reflect the climate it has evolved for but don’t stick rigidly to the Costa Rican timings for watering each day.
Don’t forget to vote for orchid of the year – voting closes on Friday.