Friday, July 23, 2010
Beallara "Tahoma Glacier" orchid
This beautiful Bellara orchid currently in flower, right in the middle of our winter giving a bit of color and texture in our cold and rainy weather.
It's variety "Tahoma Glacier" and it flowers with huge 3.5 in star-shaped blooms displaying irregular purple spots on creamy white background. It's quite reliable and stable grower and usually sends a few long flower spikes with as many as 10-15 flowers on each spike. Its one of those hybrids that not very fussy and flowers year after year, displaying it's relaxed large flowers, all facing different directions. One of course can stake them to present more pleasing to the eye arrangement, but I always love to see them growing in their natural way and let it find it's own natural positions.
It likes a being warmer in colder months and quite happy to grow under the shade of the trees in summer. It likes heavy watering during our hotter months and reduced moisture during autumn and winters.
My plant is a few years old and each spring, after its flowering I divide it and give some to friends so that they too can grow this beautiful orchid and to appreciate it's huge flamboyant blooms in the middle of winter.