Infrequent Flower

My Cochleanthes amazonica is producing an inflorescence for what is only the second time in over 5 years. I suspect that I have not been keeping it humid enough, because that is difficult to achieve here (especially in the summers). In fact, Chochleanthes are supposed to bloom more frequently in the summer, but both times mine has produced an inflorescence it has been wintertime (rainy season).

Orchids also like stability, not being moved around or disturbed too much, and I have moved from address to address a lot in the past 5 years. I think now that I have stayed in one place that doesn’t get too hot or dry for over a year, it is finally getting back into its groove. I had bought the plant when it was not at a blooming age, and the seller said that it would need about 1 – 2 years to be old enough to produce flowers. So that is also part of why it has only bloomed twice for me.

I am having a lot of blooms right now, so many of my orchids are putting out inflorescences that it should be a beautiful winter. My Psychopsis has been going strong all its life, and in fact has produced a second inflorescence, so now I get two flowers out of it. That thing just churns out flowers; it is a sequential bloomer, so whenever its old flower is dying, it is already budding with its replacement. One of my Phalaenopsis plants is also putting out a few inflorescences.

It always makes me happy when my orchids bloom!

Author: Steen

Steen is a nerdy biologist who spends a lot of time trying to cultivate Chloroflexi, who also likes to draw comics, play video games, and climb.

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