Simon Pugh-Jones

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Teacher in charge of the Writhlington Orchid Project

Prosthechea venezuelana – 365 days of orchids – day 1879

We find Prosthechea species very rewarding orchids – free flowering, long lasting flowers and great perfumes. Most Prosthechea species, including P.venezeulana, are butterfly or moth pollinated which explains the great fragrance. Prosthechea venxuelana will be in flower all summer. The species is native to Venezuela (as the name would suggest) as well as Colombia and […]


Dendrobium fimbriatum – 365 days of orchids – day 1877

March wouldn’t be March without Dendrobium fimbriatum flowering both in our Warm Asia section and in the foothills of the Himalayas. Dendrobium fimbriatum is an orchid we have seen growing abundantly in Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh in semi-deciduous trees in warm lowland forests up to about 1000m. In the wild it makes large dramatic specimens. […]


Phalaenopsis schilleriana – 365 days of orchids – day 1875

Phalaenopsis schilleriana is one of our favourite Phalaenopsis species with really attractive mottled leaves and long thin pendulous flower stems of large pink flowers. The spikes become branched when plants are larger. Phalaenopsis schilleriana comes from hot lowland forests in the Philippines and so enjoys high temperatures and shaded conditions. we grow the species in […]


Anxious bud watching

We are excited to be taking part in the RHS Orchid Show next week (25th-27th March) at Wisley, especially since the shows in 2020 and 2021 were cancelled for Covid. It means that this year’s student show team are new to big shows and are learning about the anxious anticipation of spotting which plants will […]