Thursday, September 19, 2013

Potinara Hawaiian Charisma 'Hilo Beauty'

Potinara Hawaiian Charisma 'Hilo Beauty'Potinara Hawaiian Charisma 'Hilo Beauty'Potinara Hawaiian Charisma 'Hilo Beauty' is in bloom. There were three buds but one of them blasted. The remaining two flowers are still a pretty good display. I am very happy about the way the plant has grown in the two years since I moved it from bark and plastic to sphagnum and clay.

Potinara Hawaiian Charisma 'Hilo Beauty' - Plant photo by Richard LindbergThis plant has been hanging outdoors. I am appreciating a couple of things about hanging plants. First, I can get a lot of pots in a small space because I don't need an isle. They are all above my head or at least easy enough to duck under.

Second, one challenge to caring for a plant with buds is to care for it without rotating the pot. The hangers take care of that because they force the plant in the same orientation when I put it back and I don't have to remember how it was facing. No more twisted flowers!

This plant is in sphagnum over peanuts in a 5 1/2-inch clay pot. There are seven pseudobulbs and it stands nine inches above the pot. While not a mini-catt, it is much more compact than many Cattleyas and a nice addition to a collection.

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