Monday, October 4, 2010

Epidendrum peperomia

Dave from San Francisco sent me a picture of the free orchid he got, a nice Cirrhopetalum. It is doing well, and it reminded me that I have an orchid to give away for October.

The genus Epidendrum (Epi) contains 1000 known species through out tropical Americas and the Caribbean. Extremely varied. Epidendrum peperomia grows from Nicaragua to Ecuador in pine and oak forests. Cool to warm growing, Phal light level and water a lot. AKA Neolehmannia porpax.

This plant is on a 3x5-in piece of cork and has a bud. I make a few of these but have found that they don't sell well so I am just going to grow my main plant larger without dividing it. It doesn't take much space and can be a very cute with a bunch of flowers open at the same time.

Post a comment saying that you want it and have not had a free orchid from me before, then go to this page to get my email address and use "FREE ORCHID" as the subject. Offer ends at 8pm PDT today. Postage is $5.50 (priority mail) and you will have the plant before the end of the week.


  1. I'm interested in adopting this giveaway. I have mostly species, not that many epis, and certainly not this one.

  2. OK, you have it. I see the email, so all the details will be worked out that way.

  3. It arrived today, Richard. Thank you so much. It's adorable.

  4. You are welcome. What other orchids do you have?

  5. On the large end of the spectrum, some standard Cyms, Grammatophylum, Bifrenaria, Phaius, Peristeria, Sobralia, Stanhopeas, Gongoras, a couple of Coryanthes, and a few species or primary hybrid Catts. On the other end of the spectrum, it's mostly Pleuros, Scaphs, Restrepia, Stelises, a couple of Massies, and a couple of Draculas -- whatever can go into a large fish tank lined with a couple of inches of wet PrimeAgra, in a chilly room. The rest is medium sized (almost all) species: Phrags, Liparis, Dichaea, Cuitlauzina, Lycastes, Anguloas, and some of the vandaceous stuff that doesn't get huge. I also have a trayful of oddball species that are still seedlings, so I consider them experimental until I see them bloom. Well, anything in a new house/environment that isn't certifiably idiot-proof is "experimental," but I am finding that I can grow a lot of things here just fine that did really poorly in my previous house. I've got pictures of various things on my blog at that I haven't posted to galleries on the main site yet.