Sunday, August 8, 2010

Stanhopea tigrina

Stanhopea tigrina - Flower photo by Richard LindbergAs an indoor grower, I had no business owning a Stanhopea tigrina. But they were inexpensive and I had just seen a very large plant bloom. The flowers were spectacular and the fragrance wonderful. I got that "have-to-have-one" feeling.

The genus Stanhopea (Stan) contains 55 species growing from Mexico, through Central America and South America. Stanhopea tigrina grows in Mexico at about 2000 feet. It is cool to warm growing, fragrant and blooms in the summer and fall. The flowers are pendant and last only 3 to 5 days.

Stanhopea tigrina - Plant photo by Richard LindbergI grew it indoors for two years. During that time it got a little larger but didn't bloom. But once it got into the greenhouse it has been doing very well with multiple spikes every year. The picture on the right is from 2008 when all the flowers opened at the same time. There are as many or more spikes this year but they are developing at different speeds. The orchid society meeting is Tuesday. Even though there will be only one flower open, they are rare enough at show-and-tell that one open flower is enough.

2 comments:

  1. It takes a lot of space but I have a spot for it where the shading of other plants is minimal.

    I have 4 species and two of them have not bloomed yet.

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