365 days of orchids – day 532 – Rhynchostylis retusa

Yet another vandaceous species today, and one we have seen on semi-deciduous trees in the warm valleys of Sikkim up to around 1000m.

The species actually has a very wide distribution from India through South East Asia to Malaysia and the Philippines. In its Sikkim habitat it experiences warm dry winters and hot wet summers and so we water the plant heavily in summer and just keep it from shrivelling in the winter. The plant is very happy in a basket in our Warm Asia section.

We are pleased that this year’s spike is double the length of last year’s spike and as this seedling plant starts to mature we look forward to multiple spikes and eventually the really impressive display the species is capable of.


More news from the Malvern Show

We had a great weekend here at Malvern thanks to the efforts of our great volunteers and all our orchid growing friends that make the show so special.

Here is the Saturday team looking very happy after a long day in the tent.

Summarising some of the awards: Aerides odorata won the trophy for best trade species along with bast Vanda and a cultural certificate from the RHS.


Brassavola tuberculata won best trade Cattleya and a cultural certificate from the RHS

Dendrobium victoria regina ‘Zoe Barnes’ won best Dendrobium a cultural certificate from the RHS for Jacob.

Dactylorhiza fuchsii won best trade hardy species.

Coelogyne nitida – best trade Coelogyne

Scaphosepalum verrucosum best trade Pleurothallis, and Masdevallia rolfeana, best trade Masdevallia.

The awards for seconds went to Renanthera imschootiana, Dendobium densiflorum, Masdevallia coccinea, Prosthechea cochleata and Stelis maculata.




365 days of orchids – day 531 – Cleisostoma crassifolia

There seems to be little known about this species which is native to the Philippines and is a stunning small member of the Vanda family. In fact it is quite closely related to Aerides odorata (earlier this week) which is over 2m tall while this plant is only about 10cm across.

The long lasting flowers look like little birds in flight and are large for the size of the plant.

The thick leaves and the fat roots are a good indication that this species comes from a warm dryish forest and so we grow it mounted and hung high in Warm Asia where it thrives.


365 days of orchids – day 530 – Vanda testacea

We have a greenhouse full of members of the Vanda family at the moment. This lovely species is one of the smaller growing Vandas and the plant shown is 20cm tall and 30cm wide. the long lasting yellow and pink flowers are held well clear of the leaves and the species likes to produce multiple spikes.

Vanda testacea is native to The Himalayas from Nepal to Mayanmar and also from Sri Lanka where it is found from 700 to 2000m. The range implies it can take quite cool temperatures but we find it enjoys life with the other Vandas in Warm Asia.


Best Trade species and display at Malvern

We rae having a terrific time at the Malvern International Orchid Show and the team are celebrating winning Best Trade Species for Aerides odorata and Best Trade Dusplay to go with the Gold Medal. Well done to the display team led by Issy for putting on such a great display (photos below) that is being so widely appreciated.

We have won six firsts and five seconds to go with the main awards.