Sunday, May 23, 2010

Barkeria spectabilis 'Bob Hoffman'

Barkeria spectabilis 'Bob Hoffman' - Flower photo by Richard LindbergI have had this Barkeria spectabilis for several years. I got it from a raffle table. It was almost down to a bare table and I got it because it was a species and the other choices were hybrids. No other reason. This was before I built the greenhouse.

Barkeria spectabilis 'Bob Hoffman' - Flower photo by Richard LindbergBarkeria spectabilis 'Bob Hoffman' - Plant photo by Richard LindbergBarkeria spectabilis grows in Southern Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador on oak trees above 4000 feet. It is cool to warm growing, needs bright light with even brighter in winter and blooms in spring.

This plant has done much better since I moved it to Sonoma. Light and temperature are similar but the greenhouse is much dryer. In Napa it was growing algae (too close to the misters) and just hanging on. It has just bloomed with more flowers then ever.

I am going to keep trying with this plant. A well grown specimen plant is truly spectacular and well worth the space. This picture I took at the San Francisco Orchid Society show-and-tell is my inspiration.

Barkeria spectabilis specimen plant


  1. Very nice pictures!
    I grow Barkeria scandens and Barkeria halbingeri. They definitely need dryer conditions, like completely dry roots between each watering and prolonged dry periods between each watering during winter time - rest time. They loose all their leafs during rest time, so I only water them every 2 – 3 weeks at temperatures around 60 F and humidity at 60 – 80 %.