Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Its beginning of summer here in Sydney and it means that stanhopea orchids waking up from their sleep. They are fascinating plants and never fail to delight and to amuse orchid growers.
Stanhopea's native to Central and South America and Mexico and they are one of the most beautiful orchid species. They send their flowering spikes through the bottom of the planters. My stanhopea just started developing flower spikes and I've captured in the picture three spikes currently developing. The spikes will be growing and maturing for another couple of weeks or so, and then flowers will open with most heavenly vanilla / chocolate scent. The flowers stay on the plant for a very short time, only 3-4 days or so, but well worth waiting for.
Depending on the weather, some years my stanhopea orchids flowered right on Christmas day, and some years just before or just after Christmas. I have couple of varieties of stanhopea's and will take pictures of them when they are in flower.