Thursday, May 31, 2012

Barkeria spectabilis 'Bob Hoffman'

Barkeria spectabilis 'Bob Hoffman' - Flower photo by Richard LindbergBarkeria spectabilis 'Bob Hoffman' - Plant photo by Richard LindbergMy Barkeria spectabilis is blooming again. This spike with four flowers is about the best I have ever been able to do. I have had it eight years. As you can see, it is surviving, barely. It somehow manages to make a new growth and carry on.

Barkeria spectabilis grows in Southern Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador on oak trees above 4000 feet. It is cool to warm growing, needs bright light with even brighter in winter and blooms in spring. The genus Barkeria (Bark) contains fewer than 20 species growing in Central America. All need a bright and dry winter rest.

The plant had four solid months of complete dry. It looked as if I had killed it but somehow started a new growth. This year I am going to feed it a little more and see what happens.

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