Saturday, January 30, 2010

Zygopetalum orchid - var "Port Vincent"




This is another Zygopetalum orchid from my collection, currently in flower. It's variety "Port Vincent" and it have beautiful two-tone blooms. The petals are rich velvety dark brown color and the lip slightly curly velvety purple color.

These orchids are mainly sub-tropical to warm temperature growers and can take quite a bit of heat, which is perfect for our summer climate. They love growing in the shade with lot's of air movement and the shadiest part of my garden ideal place for them. They like a bit of moisture , but dislike being wet for a long period and require liberal, heavy watering followed by being almost dry before being watered again.

In AU, we have number of innovative Zygo orchid breeders and new beautiful and striking varieties appearing all the time, giving immense pleasure to orchid collectors. Thankfully, many breeding lines have kept the unmistaken Zygo scents. "Port Vincent" variety have main jasmine like scent with undertones of honeysuckle - very enjoyable combination that lingers around the garden for a long time.

If you live in sub-tropical or warmer climate and have shady spot in the garden or a balcony or a covered situation - give Zygo's a go, they are easy to grow, will reward you with striking blooms and scent and will show you a magic of orchids and they way it brings people together from such different backgrounds to share their love of these beautiful plants.


13 comments:

lotusleaf said...

This orchid seems to be just right for my tropical garden. Thanks for sharing!

gippslandgardener said...

Clearly not something for my Southern climate, but at least I can pop in here and enjoy the blooms! Such a beautiful rich colour!

Susan said...

Just found your blog and I look forward to learning more about orchids. I move to Hawaii in 2007 and several orchids in my landscape.

Terra said...

This is a beautiful and unique orchid.

Titania said...

I do like the Zygos. So reliable to flower and easy to grow , right up my ally! I have three hanging pots full since years. Thanks for the info.

Andrea said...

hi i am new here and very glad to have found it. Your orchid collection is marvelous and all looking very healthy. It is sad that not many have been visiting or commenting. Is it alright with you if i put the link in my blog although not many also visit my site yet. thanks and Happy Valentine's Day. BTW, where in Australia are you?

Ario Achda said...

i love ur collections

my mother is a fan of orchid too, she'd scream if she sees ur orchid collection! :)

Andrea said...

Hi, this post inspired me to post my Zygopetalum, please take a look. Or you might want to browse on my other orchids posted earlier. If you wont mind i would love to put your link in that post. thanks.

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Kimberly said...

I like this one...it looks like it's sticking out it's tongue. A plant with an attitude...gotta love that!! :)

Kiki said...

Lovely... this sounds like the perfect scents combined..two of my faves! beautiful post!
Kiki~

klaraau01 said...

Thank you everyone for your kind comments and for checking out my blog and appreciating these beautiful blooms

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Oh, my gosh! I really love your orchids! I am an Orchid grower myself and I just enjoy taking care of them. It relaxes me after a hard day's work in the office. Orchid types