Orchids of the month

Orchid of the month: November

Dendrobium limpidum

Dendrobium limpidum

Dendrobium limpidum is a riot of colour and not just once a year. The pseudobulbs or canes hang freely, are quite hard and chunky and densely leafy. Clusters of vibrant pink flowers appear two or three times a year and are long lived.

For many years this charming species was known as Dendrobium dichaeoides, a similar plant and this confusion was sorted out by André Schuiteman in his book ‘A Guide to Dendrobium of New Guinea’. Established young plants, flowering and flowering size, now available, price £18 plus £5 postage.

Orchid of the month: October

Sophronitis coccinea v. grandiflora

Sophronitis coccinea
Sophronitis coccinea v. grandiflora
illustration by Álvaro Pessanha.

Sophronitis coccinea in bloom

Sophronitis is one of the breathtaking delights in spring and to a smaller extent, autumn, in the high mountain elfin forest of Brazil. At about 1500 metres altitude in September and October these dwarf trees, many at eye level come alive with the scarlet flowers. (see photo). The conditions are cool, bright sun, windy and mists driven through the trees at dawn and dusk. Although the flowers are predominately scarlet, other colour forms are also found: orange lip, orange streaks on the petals, and the rarest and most highly prized, the bright butter-yellow known as var. flava.

Our stock is grown from seed collected in one particular area where the plants bear large flowers, often in pairs.

As the habitat suggests, the plants need cool, moist and well aerated conditions and they will flower in March and April lasting for some weeks.

Established young scarlet-flowered plants are available for £18 plus £5 for postage and packing.

Orchid of the Month: August

Dendrobium bulbophylloides

Dendrobium bulbophylloidesAn interesting mat-forming small plant which combines features of both Dendrobium and Bulbophyllum. However, unlike Bulbophyllum, the flowers arise from the apex of the globose pseudobulbs. The attractive, fleshy, Bulbophyllum-like blooms arise at times during the year and are long-lasting. Best grown on cork bark and kept humid and moist at all times and with good air movement.

Price £22 + £5 postage.