Archive | April 2015

Leptotes bicolor

This miniature orchid blooms once a year, anywhere from late March to May for me.  The blooms last a couple of weeks.  It’s fairly reliable, but I only got one flower this year, which is a bit disappointing.  I keep it indoors, but it would probably do fine outside for the summer in bright shade, or with limited early morning or late afternoon direct sun.  It’s really not all that picky about how much or little water it gets.  Humidity levels vary significantly in my house from season to season, and it doesn’t seem to care much one way or another.  Since this one’s mounted on cork, it’s impossible to overwater.  I’ve seen them in terra cotta pots, too, with either a fine bark mix, or finely chopped coconut husk.

Ascofinetia Cherry Blossom

This is a twin pair I’ve had for years.  Ascofinetia Cherry Blossom is a primary hybrid of Ascocentrum ampullaceum and Neofinetia falcata.  These bloom reliably for me every Spring.  Like many mini vandaceous, they require moderate light, owing to the Ascocentrum parent, and less water during the cold months than during the rest of the year.  Wait for them to pump out q-tip spikes before resuming a regular weekly watering schedule for them, and you will get blooms.

Trias Emily Clarkson

This miniature is a primary hybrid of Trias oblonga and Trias picta.  The leaves are roughly 2″ long with flowers a little less than 1″ across.  I got it recently from Kawamoto in Honolulu, so I can’t take credit for this bloom, but so far, it seems pretty easy to grow, given ample water, and mostly bright indirect light.