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.



15 comments:

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

This is a "Dream" to have all these orchids...Mmmm..."Someday"!!! I've dabbled with them in the past and do have plans for the future BUT until then I will dream in your world and educate myself for their coming... I think I'll go post a picture of the ONE that I have now, you've inspired me and I thank you,
Donna

Hermes said...

What a beauty. It's summer here and I wish I had this blooming.

One said...

Beautiful orchids! I was told by a friend, it is not that difficult to grow orchids. She has a few hundred varieties. Me, I have mostly fruit trees.

James Missier said...

Wow..
Had fallen in love with all your orchid blooms.
It must be real hardwork in keeping and follow-up in making sure they continue to bloom always.

melekler korusun final said...

thank you

jsb said...

I'm flabbergasted by the beauty of this orchid and your success in growing it. I managed to kill the only orchid I bought. I think I may die with envy reading your blog, but will take the risk!

Karen said...

Oh, your orchids are absolutely gorgeous! I am in awe of anyone who can grow a plant of such great beauty. Thank you! Karen

Kimberly said...

Love this orchid! You're helping me to branch out with my little orchid collection.

John said...

I've recently become interested in trying my hand at growing orchids. Seeing what you are doing gives me hope.

klaraau01 said...

Tank you very much everyone for your kind comments and for appreciating this beautiful orchid

Andrea said...

Hi Klara, do you think it will grow beautifully in the Philippines? I haven't seen that one Beallara 'Tahoma Glacier'. May i know if Beallara is the genus? Then what is the species. I pressume 'Tahoma Glacier' is the cultivar so i enclosed it in single quotations. Thank you.

klaraau01 said...

To Andrea - Beallara's is an intergeneric hybrid between Brassia x Miltonia x Cochlioda x Odontoglossum and would love your climate, growing outside. There are quite a few varieties of Beallara's been produced these days with different color markings, all displaying large relaxed flowers. I find them easy to grow in our climate and quite vigorous and generous orchid.

Maia said...

Hi Klara.
I've found your blog by searching for this orchid and I'm so glad. Your orchids are fabulous and you have so many of them.

You are so right about the obsession of pursuing new orchids.
Two weeks ago I bought a young Beallara, just like this one in the picture, but with only one flowering stem. Now the flowers are wilted and I couldn't find any info on the net, what to do with it.
Could you please tell me, shall I cut the stem or just leave it there?

Thank you very much in advance for your answer.

Polo said...

So beautiful flower,It show out the health natural.

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To Andrea - Beallara's is an intergeneric hybrid between Brassia x Miltonia x Cochlioda x Odontoglossum and would love your climate, growing outside. There are quite a few varieties of Beallara's been produced these days with different color markings, all displaying large relaxed flowers. I find them easy to grow in our climate and quite vigorous and generous orchid.