Friday, September 24, 2010

Lycaste aromatica

Lycaste aromatica - Flower photo by Richard LindbergI have four Lycaste aromatica plants, three in Sonoma and one in Napa. They are all in bark and I don't keep much in bark in Napa because the greenhouse is very wet. This plant ended up in Napa by accident. I had brought it to Napa to take flower pictures and forgot to take it back to Sonoma.

Lycaste aromatica - Plant photo by Richard LindbergLycaste aromatica grows in Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Honduras, fragrant with a scent of cinnamon. It is cool to warm growing and is found along rivers in oak forests.

I was wrong about the right growing environment for this species. This "over-watered" plant is doing much better than the plants in Sonoma. The question now is what do I do with the Sonoma plants? Do I bring them to Napa for the last month of the growing season? Napa is already on reduced watering moving toward winter. My sense is that I should leave them alone for the rest of this year, then bring them to Napa for the next growing season.

1 comment:

  1. I have killed two of these, I think by overwatering. Still no clue as to how to grow this plant. I will try again with sphagnum in a basket.