Saturday, January 2, 2010

Coelogyne usitana

Coelogyne usitanaI got my Coelogyne usitana just over two years ago in bloom. That spike is still in bloom. In 2008 it added a second spike but due to rough handling on my part the second spike broke after a few months. This last spring the third spike started and it is also in bloom.

The genus Coelogyne (Coel) contains 100 species found in all of Asia east of India and Indonesia and Fiji. Conditions vary considerably. Coelogyne usitana grows only on Mindanao. It is warm to hot growing. It will set a spike in spring or summer in new growth.


  1. great! do you have a photo of the spike? I got a division of a Coelogyne aperata. looks similar in proportion.
    what medium do you use? i was told to not water mine until new root growth begins. Did yours grow a lot in size? how long do the blooms last?
    great leaves!

  2. I have edited the post so if you roll over the plant you see the spike with a bud and an open flower. You can also see where the flower before was attached.

    The flowers last pretty well, maybe a month, but I wouldn't bet on it being exact. I have it is sphagnum and keep it evenly wet. Slightly dryer now, but still watered.