Archive | November 2012

Sievekingia rhonhofiae

I grow this one in much the same conditions as I grow most of my Coelogynes and Stanhopeas:  intermediate, with moderate light, and don’t let it go dry for too long.  Indeed, it is related to Stanhopeas and Gongoras.  This particular Sievekingia smells to me rather minty, with a hint of menthol.  While pleasant, it’s not exactly a floral scent.  The plant is medium sized, in a 5″ pot.

Scaphosepalum breve

This miniature species, like other scaphs, likes it wet, and blooms successively off each spike.  Once a spike gets going, it is more or less in bloom constantly.  If there are multiple spikes, it’s not unusual to find at least one bloom open at any given time.

Scaphosepalum swertifolium

This miniature, like all scaphs, likes it wet.  It doesn’t have to sit in water, but it doesn’t hurt.  I know I’ve got it right when there’s moss growing on top of the medium.

Restrepia striata

This is another miniature species.  If there’s any such thing as a bulletproof, idiot-proof orchid, this is it.  It has the added attraction of blooming on and off throughout the year, pretty much whenever it feels like it.  Low to intermediate light is fine; the leaves don’t need to get a reddish tinge to bloom.  It’s not even picky about water or humidity levels.

Phragmipedium Sedeni

Like all Phragmipediums, this one likes it wet.  It’s fine to leave it sitting in water, and top it off when there is no longer water in the saucer.  It’s a primary hybrid of longifolium and schlimii.  Intermediate light is preferred.

Pholidota chinensis

These miniatures are pretty environmentally adaptable, and bloom reliably from the base of each new growth.  It does fine for windowsill gardening, so to speak.

Howeara Lava Burst ‘Puanani’

This miniature oncidium intergeneric is a very reliable bloomer, putting out two spikes per newly mature pseudobulb, although once, I had three coming out of one of them.  At the moment, it has four spikes full of lovely little red cupped flowers.

Barkeria melanocaulon

I’ve had this for years.  It blooms reliably every late-fall into winter.  Some people swear they should be allowed to drop their leaves and go dormant for a few months in order to bloom the following year.  I just keep watering the thing as long as it has leaves, and have never had it not bloom off the previous summer’s new growth.  Your mileage may vary.

Maxillaria uncata

I’ve had this miniature species for years.  It likes it wet, with bright shade, and will bloom repeatedly throughout the year.

Dendrobium rididum

Also known as Dockrillia rigida, this plant is a miniature native to Australia.  I’ve had it for many years.  It’s a faithful bloomer, blooming off leaves as they mature, which can be once or twice a year for me (rarely three times).  It has new leaves on it, but probably won’t bloom again until spring.