We are filling the van this morning for an orchid event in Devon including lovely plants like Stanhopea graveolens (below) and this lovely dendrochilum species.
Dendrochilum filiformne is one of our smaller Dendrochilum species and in common with most of the genus it produces a pendant spike of delicate little fragrant flowers.
The species is native to the Philippines where it grows from 660-2250m altitude. We find that our plant does best cool and damp in our Cool Americas section (yes we know the Philippines isn’t in the Americas) as it enjoys the conditions we provide for our Masdevallias.
This spectacular orchid stands 80cm tall with its long spikes heavy with large deep red flowers.
The natural habitat of Pleurothallis tuerkheimii is damp forests and cloud forests from Mexico to Panama between 700m and 2400m altitude. This broad natural range supports our observation that this is an adaptable and accommodating plant to grow and that there is a wide range amongst plants in cultivation. Our smaller growing but very floriferous variety will flower later in the autumn.
We do find that the species prefers shade and plants even do very well in deep shade low in the Cool Americas section against a north facing wall.
This species makes lovely specimen plants and we find that baskets are particularly good for allowing plants to really express their character.
Yesterday evening I realised that I hadn’t photographed an orchid for today and so took this flash photo (which doesn’t do the species justice) of the beautiful Stelis reginae.
Stelis reginae is one of our larger growing Stelis species with leaves 15cm long and 25cm flower spikes of large (for a stelis) flowers.
Stelis reginae is endemic to Ecuador where it is found in wet cloud forest at 1800m. We therefore grow the species cool and wet all year. It has flowers with a very attractive pink edging against the cream ground colour and our large specimen flowers for many months over the summer and autumn.
We find that growing specimen plants of Stelis or Pleurothallis is easier in baskets than pots as the compost says in good condition for longer and the plants can form a natural ball rather than growing out of their pot.
We have had a few people asking when we will have new orchids in the shop. We have had a very busy first week back at school but have no fear, we will be restocking our shop next week and will include some species that we have not offered up to now.
It is Bulbophyllum guttulatum time in the greenhouse, a wonderful easy to grow and attractive species.
Bulbophyllum guttulatum is found from the Himalayas across to Vietnam in evergreen monsoon forest from 800 to 2000m. Its 2cm flowers have wonderful spotting (well worth zooming in on the photos)
We know this habitat well from our travels in Sikkim with its warm wet summers. The winters are dryer but plants would not experience long periods with no moisture and so keep their rather soft lush leaves. We water plants throughout the year and find they grow well both in pots and baskets. As the range of the plant indicates, the species is not too fussy about temperature and with us grows in any of our sections with minimum temperatures above 10C though it seems to marginally prefer the warmest temperatures of Warm Asia. It may be that our clone has its genetic origins in the lower altitudinal range.