Thursday, January 27, 2011
Oda. Shine Gate x Oda. Wearside Pattern
This beautiful odontoglossum cross orchid flowering at the moment - its a cross between Shine Gate and Wearside Pattern and it's producing hot pink relaxed blooms with many contrast markings on the petals. The flowers are really nice and one can't miss it in the greenhouse - bold, vibrant splashers of color is what this cross all about.
Odontoglossum genus native to Andes and freely grow mostly in cloud forests in constantly cool, wet habitats at altitudes above 5000 ft(1500m). The flowers of this genus is mostly large and showy and these orchids are very popular among growers with cool orchid houses.
Having said that, they are not the easiest orchids to cultivate and need a bit of dedication to bring them to flower. The trick , like with many orchids of course, trying to duplicate as close as possible their natural growing conditions - they require constant watering and high humidity with good air movement and a lot of shade, particularly in our hot summer conditions. At the same time, they don't like a lot of moisture in the leaf axils, so it's kind of constant search for a balance with these one's.
Still, a beautiful creation by Nature that conjures up image of exotic, delicate, rare, romantic, spectacular blooms and an interesting challenge for someone like me to be able to grow them and to reveal and appreciate their special beauty, vibrations and diversity.