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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.

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.


Another Ascofinetia Cherry Blossom

This one bloomed with two spikes this year.  It’s one of my most reliable miniature vanda intergenerics.

Ascofinetia Cherry Blossom ‘Carmela’

This miniature primary hybrid (Ascocentrum ampullaceum x Neofinetia falcate) is a very reliable bloomer for me.  I like it so much that I have two of them.  The one that’s currently blooming has one spike this year, had two last year, one the year before, etc.  The other one currently has two spikes that look as though they’re going to bloom within a week or so.

They seem to be really happy on the upper shelf of my garden window in the kitchen, so I see no reason to move them outdoors or into the greenhouse when we get it built.  They don’t seem to need as much light as most full sized vandas do, and are quite temperature tolerant.  I’ve read that some people get them to bloom more than once a year, but mine never have; they always do it in late winter or early spring.