Blooming Orchids


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Aerangis biloba

Grows outside until temperatures drop below 50 deg. F. Currently, it's in the dining room with an eastern exposure. Joy Keyser

Anguloa ruckeri

Anguloa ruckeri Grows outside (coastal) in open shade  

Brachtia andina

Brachtia andina Grows outside (coastal) in shade, mounted. Closeup of flower.  

Bulbophyllum echinolabium

Bulbophyllum echinolabium Grows in greenhouse. Closeup of lip of 12" flower. Produces multiple flowers, sequentially, on an inflorescence.  

Bulbophyllum masdevallaceum

Bulbophyllum masdevalaceum Grows in greenhouse. Edie Gulrich

Bulbophyllum medusae

Bulbophyllum medusae

Grows in greenhouse. The "threads" are the petals of many individual flowers. This plant grows on a mount, but seems to do better when the mount is horizontal, rather than hanging. Closeup of the inflorescence


Bulbophyllum rothschildianum

Bulbophyllum rothschildianum Grows in greenhouse Edie Gulrich

Cattleya maxima

Cattleya maxima Grows in greenhouse. It would probably be OK outside, since this is the "highlands" variety of C. maxima (plant is more compact than the one that grows at lower elevations, and has somewhat darker flowers) However, the warmth and humidity of the greenhouse are clearly beneficial.  

Cycnoches barthiorum

Cycnoches barthiorum male

Grows in greenhouse. This species has very different male and female flowers. The same plant can bloom with flowers of different sexes in different years, occasionally on different inflorescences in the same year, or even on the same inflorescence. In 2009, it bloomed male, top image (close up). In 2008 it bloomed female, bottom image. Less light and perhaps less fertilzer seems to encourage male flowers. It is very important to keep these plants quite dry in the winter, when they lose their leaves. Watering can resume when the new growth is several inches long, with plentiful new roots.


Cycnoches barthiorum female

Cymbidium tracyanum

Cymbidium tracyanum

Grows outside, in nearly full sun. It is fragrant. Also note the very fuzzy lip.


Dendrobium lawesii

Dendrobium lawesii Grows in intermediate greenhouse. It blooms on leafless canes, so do not cut the canes unless they are shriveled and brown. Peter T. Lin

Holcoglossum kimballianum

Holcoglossum kimballianum Grows outside (coastal), in filtered sun. This vandaceous species grows best mounted or in a basket. It rambles in multiple directions, with roots and terete leaves tangled together.  

Laelia autumnalis

Laelia autumnalis Grows outside. Like L. gouldiana and L. anceps, it grows best mounted. The flowers have a pearlescent luster in sunlight. Flower closeup. Here is the alba form.  

Laelia gouldiana

Laelia gouldiana

This plant grows on a mount, in almost full sun, outside (coastal). It can grow in a pot, but tends to do better mounted. The flowers are beautifully crystalline in the bright sunlight. A problem with some of the Laelias that are grown mounted is a tendency of nearly-mature buds to blast. Harry Phillips of Andy's Orchids recommends that the buds NOT be protected from watering, since they contain sticky sugar. The water dissolves this and permits the buds to open, otherwise they may stay glued shut, causing that very disappointing bud drop. Closeup of flower.


Lycaste skinneri

Lycaste skinneri

Grows outside (coastal) in bright shade. It should have a fairly water-retentive mix (with plenty of air space, though) Water should be reduced somethat in winter, but it should never go dry. Lycaste skinneri is in the background of nearly all the big Lycaste hybrids. There is a wide range of color forms from the alba (pure white, no red pigment) to many shades of pink, to almost red. It may produce new inflorescences over a period of several months, and flowers are long-lasting. The pink one (var. rosea) is particularly floriforous, and produces flowers over a period of nearly three months.


Lycaste skinneri alba
(f. alba)


Oncidium hyphaematicum

Oncidium hyphaematicum

Grows outside (coastal), in filtered sun. It grows very well mounted. (It can grow in a greenhouse in a pot, but does much better outside on a mount) Here is a closer view of a flower.

Here's another plant, that bloomed in March

Roberta Fox (November)

Richard Hess (March)

Phalaenopsis amabilis var. formosana

Phalaenopsis amabilis Grows in greenhouse. Like all Phalaenopsis, it can also grow well in the house if it receives sufficient light (indirect light for 10-12 hours per day). This is the form 'Varigata'with varigated leaves. (RF) The flowers are the same as the usual Phal. amabilis . (DA)

Roberta Fox

Doug Adams

Pleurothallis niveoglobula

Pleurothallis niveoglobula Grows in greenhouse. Flowers are only 1/16" in diameter. Edie Gulrich

Trigonidium egertonianum

Trigonidium ergertoniamum Grows in greenhouse. Its thin leaves should be protected from direct sun. Plant produces multiple inflorescences, each with one flower.