Monday, August 27, 2012

Cochleanthes amazonica

Cochleanthes amazonica - Flower photo by Richard LindbergI was happy and surprised to find the Cochleanthes amazonica in bloom. When I re-arranged the greenhouse in the spring of 2011 it was distressed. I tried to place it a relatively cool and shaded location. It seems to be coming back after a full year in the new location.

Cochleanthes amazonica - Plant photo by Richard LindbergCochleanthes amazonica grows in the Amazon Basin in shady wet forests. It is fragrant and blooms through a long fall to spring season. The genus Cochleanthes (Cnths) contains 10 species spread through tropical America They need a shady and humid environment.

This plant is in pea gravel in a 4-inch plastic pot. There are four pseudobulbs and it stands six inches above the pot. I will re-pot it as soon as the flowers are gone. It needs to be moved back to the center.


  1. In which the substrate is better to keep him? Last week I ordered this orchid is about to come to me.

  2. That depends on your conditions. I tend to use rocks and gravel because of how wet the greenhouse can get. It is cooled by misting from the top of the greenhouse.

    In an indoor setting I might use sphagnum moss. This is a plant that grows in shaded, wet forest and wants to be more moist that many species.