Thursday, December 9, 2010

Coelogyne usitana

Coelogyne usitanaI have had my Coelogyne usitana three years. It was in bloom when I got it and it was still in bloom when it set another spike a year later. A properly cared-for spike will bloom sequentially indefinitely.

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

Last year the spikes dried up and there was no new spike started. I am happy to see that it has a new spike with an open flower and a bud. Conditions this year are a little different than last year and the year before that, gradually moving warmer and dryer in winter. I have been trying to keep some plants wet by hand watering and this is one of those.

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