Gongora unicolor – 365 days of orchids – day 796

This fragrant species (kind of sweet spicy) from Central America is new to 365 days of orchids.

We find the species is one of our more vigorous Gongoras and although the flowers spikes are not that long and the flowers are less dramatic than some of its cousins (it lack of spots, eyes and bright colours of other Gongoras) it is always a welcome sight in the greenhouse and flowers on and off throughout the spring and summer.

The species is found in damp lowland forests from Mexico to Honduras and in common with other gongoras we find that it enjoys warm shaded and damp conditions in a basket.


Display finished at Cheltenham Orchid Show

Well done the the Mendip Studio School Orchid R&D team for setting up a stunning display at the Cheltenham Orchid Show this morning. We left school at 6am and the display and sales table were finished by 9am.

The show is looking lovely – well done to Cheltenham Orchid Show members. Lets hope that we have lots of people through the doors.

If you are thinking of coming to the show directions are here and I recommend the tea and cakes when you arrive.


How to look after seedlings purchased at the Cheltenham Show today

Here are some instructions for those who have purchased orchids in-vitro from us today. Our seedlings from the sales table  are ready to de-flask as shown below.

1. Get you seedlings out of the flask.

Usually the seedlings will ease out as one mass. A finger/ spoon or plant label may help. If they don’t want to come out some tepid water will soften the agar and make it easier.





2. Rinse off the agar – We rinse gently in lukewarm water with a little washing up liquid in it. Try hard not to damage the seedlings. It doesn’t matter if some of the agar is left behind







 3.Plant your seedlings in a community pot – We plant all the seedlings from a flask in one to three community pots. Ease compost around the seedlings. We use a similar compost for community pots as for adult plants comprising course bark sphagnum moss and perlite. (this makes them easier to care for as we are used to this compost).