Archive | May 2014

Howeara Lava Burst ‘Puanani’

Another extremely reliable oncidium intergeneric thst can bloom more than once a year.  Most pseudobulbs put out two or even three spikes when they mature.  If I get only one spike per pseudobulb, I probably left it dry for too long at some point.  This currently has three spikes on one pseudobulb, although as others mature, I expect more spikes to emerge over the summer.  Last year, as successive bloom cycles overlapped a bit, it was in bloom for a good seven months.  The spikes also branch, so the branches will often start blooming after the main spike’s starting to fade.

Stelis viridipurpurea

Stelises do like to stay moist, if not actually soggy, but are not as picky about temperature fluctuations as Masdevallias, and deal with the summer heat better.  The leaves on this are about 3-4″ long; it’s a miniature, but not a micro-mini like morganii or micrantha.  It’s another reliable bloomer, as long as it isn’t allowed to dry out.

Ascofinetia Cherry Blossom ‘Carmela’

I have two of these miniature vandaceous hybrids.  both are currently in bloom with two spikes each.  They receive direct afternoon sun in a garden window, but don’t need as much light as typical full size vandas, so there’s no need to summer them outdoors.  They’re extremely reliable bloomers for me.  At worst, one of them will only have one spike; they usually put out two this time of year.


Aspasia principissa

This member of the oncidium family has been a reliable bloomer over the years, with no special treatment.