Friday, December 17, 2010

Renanthera Manila 'T. Orchids' x imshootiana 'Saigon'

I mentioned before the cooling problem this last summer. The air conditioners that keep the temperature from getting much over 90 failed to come on for perhaps 4 weeks during the hottest time of the year. I lost several vandaceous plants. One of them was this Renanthera hybrid, an unmamed cross (Renanthera philippinensis x Renanthera Brookie Chandler) x Renanthera imschootiana.

I got this plant in trade. It has lots of red long-lasting flowers and, although I am the first to tell you I don't understand Renanthera, I thought it was worth a try.

The plant on the right is what I got. When I thought it had died I brought it back to Napa and set it down on the floor in the corner, intending to throw it out.

Cleanup and inspection has been going on all this month. I picked up the basket and was shocked to see sprouts. In fact three sprouts, each with its own roots.

If I am very lucky I will have three plants next summer. I wish I had a flower picture, but it has not bloomed in the two years I have had it. I have put it back in the same spot, hoping the magic continues.


  1. Most orchids are hard to kill fast. Not so hard to kill slowly. Good luck saving that one!

  2. I have a bunch of Vandaceous crosses in Tampa at my mother's house that looked similiar to this after the cold weather there in January. Some are working their way back. Not sure what the cold did to them this time around.

  3. I like Renanthera. They get a little big so I only have one, but I'm looking forward to it doing something.