365 days of orchids – day 491 – Phalaenopsis parishii

This tiny Phalaenopsis species is one of our favourites. The delicate flowers are scented and produced on short spikes. The species  is native to lowland forest in the Eastern Himalayas through to South East Asia.

The plant produces masses of flat green roots which are likely to be significant in photosynthesis as the leaves are small and can be semi deciduous. There is a group of Himalayan phalaenopsis that are largely leafless in response to coping with the dry season and this species is kind half way towards leafless. As a result it enjoys being mounted and we grow the plant in Warm Asia in shade throughout the year.


365 days of orchids – day 490 – Dendrobium chrysocrepsis

This is a new Dendrobium for 365 days and is a species native to South East Asia with an unusual slipper shaped lip. The species grows at 1400m and usually as a lithophyte on limestone rocks. It produces flowers in ones and twos from older pseudobulbs.

The plant has a spreading habit with regular keikis and we hope it will present a good display when more mature. The bulbs are attractive as they are very flat in cross section.


365 days of orchids – day 489 – Schoenorchis gemmata

This is a small flowered species from the Himalayas and South East Asia which has a branching habit that eventually produces a profusion of flowers.

Our larger plant shown here is reaching the point where it is flower most of the time and adds real interest to Warm Asia – especially if you are carrying a magnifying glass.

We have seen the species in Sikkim at around 1000m altitude but it is reported from 450m to 2500m. We found it growing in evergreen forest where it receives some moisture during the dry season and lots of rainfall during the monsoon summers.

We find that with us the species does best in a shady spot in Warm Asia in a basket suspended horizontally so that the plant can adopt its natural pendulous habit. We have also seen excellent plants mounted.


365 days of orchids – day 488 – Prosthechea baculus

At yesterday’s Devon show it was great to have so many fragrant orchids on our display. One of them was this lovely species which fills the whole of Warm Americas with its delicious play-doh scent.

The species 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.


An exciting day at the Devon Orchid Show

Hi from Ruby, Naiya, and Amalia at the Devon orchid show,

We arrived here at 7:00 this morning and set up the display with some of our orchids. It is all of our first time setting up a display at a show and we learned different ways of presenting orchids while we set up.


After arranging the display, we set up the sales table in order of genus and species and left the hall so that our display could be judged. We won best in class in Odontoglossom, Cattleya, Cymbidium, Pleurothalidinae and second in Phalaenopsis and Vandaenae and we also won trophies for Stelis muscifera and Prosthechea cochleata.

Best in class Odontoglossom cristatum

Best in class Prosthechea cochleata

Best in class Cymbidium lowianum

Best in class Stelis muscifera

Second best in class Phalaenopsis manii

Second best in class Vanda ampulacea

Overall, it has been a successful and enjoyable day.