Prosthechea baccalus – 365 days of orchids – day 1242

For the second day running we have a wonderful orchid from Central America. This species is most notable for its powerful fragrance that fills the whole of Warm Americas with its delicious play-doh scent.

Prosthechea baccalus is found over a wide range through Central and South America and forms a large plant with 40 cm pseudobulbs topped by 40cm leaves. The flowers are almost always in pairs, back to back but we get threes on particularly strong growths.

Found from 400 to 1700m the plant is not fussy about temperature and we grow it well in both Warm Americas and Cool Americas keeping it damp all year. Growing the species in different temperatures extends the flowering season as the warmer growing plants flower first during May while the cooler growing plants wait until June.



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  1. Annette Barsby says:

    I’ve got this one and it’s sent out some new shoots since it’s been with me. So if I’m right the new shoots will produce some lovely flowers for me. I wonder when they will appear as it’s now mid September. Can’t get over how quickly this year has flown by.
    We cannot upload pictures on this page can we of our flowers?

    • Simon Pugh-Jones says:

      Hi – yes the flowers come from the top of this years bulbs next April. To upload photos either email (see contact us) or send via Etsy 🙂