Aerides crassifolia – 365 days of orchids – day 1629

Aerides is a genus of beautiful orchids from Asia, and this species is our Aerides with the largest flowers.

Aerides crassifolia is found in open warm forest in South East Asia and we have seen the species growing in Loas at around 900m on large trees in good light.

The flowers are large and spread out for an Aerides species and the leaves are thick and leathery (hence the name). We have found that the species from Warm Asian forests actually prefers growing in our Warm Americas section among Cattleyas hanging high in the roof in good light and drying out between waterings in a basket.

With us the species stops growing (rests) during the winter and bursts back into growth with the higher temperatures of early summer.


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