Trichopilea turialbae – 365 days of orchids – day 1369

This beautiful species usually flowers in the autumn and is a liuttle early  this year This is a warm growing species from Central America found from Nicaragua to Panama and the nearby regions of Colombia.

The short lived but very attractive and fragrant flowers are produced from the base of newly matured bulbs and in common with most Trichopilia species the lip is very large compared to the other petals and sepals. When flowering well we have had more than ten flowers out at once which gives a great show.

We find the species challenging to grow without black spotting on the leaves and for us the spotting seems to result from heat stress caused to the leaves either by too much direct sun or by the plant drying our on hot days or possibly calcium deficiency which we tackle with added calcium in the watering. As a result we aim to grow the plant shaded and damp at all times and this results in the glossy dark green bulbs and leaves seen here.


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  1. Agnes Joness says:

    I am interested to see that this orchid, like others this year, is flowering earlier. Yesterday I noticed my Angraecum Crestwood is already growing a flower spike. This is much earlier than it has done in previous years.