Friday, July 8, 2011
Coelogyne mooreana orchid - "Wild One"
My Coelogyne mooreana "Wild One" in flower at the moment. It's one of the beautiful varieties that are easy to grow for a beginner, as well as experienced orchid collector. It flowers with these large pristine white blooms that are sweetly scented, and quite a delight to see in the middle of our winter.
Coelogyne genus currently consist of about 150 different species, native to India to the Pacific Islands and as far north as southern China and the Philippines. They grow in the habitats from sea level to the high mountains and prefer semi-shade conditions and situations and in our climate quite happy to grow outside under the shade of the trees.
They are one of the easiest orchids to grow and to bring to flower and can grow quite quickly into large, bulky plants producing many sprays of sweetly scented blooms. They can also be planted in hanging baskets to show off their special flowers.
My plant is var "Wild One" native to Vietnam where it grows at moderate to high altitudes. It have upright inflorescence that usually develops from the new growth and have fragrant flowers, each about 8cm across. I've been growing it quite a few years now, it's quite constant performer and lives up to it's name, I divide it every couple of years and many of my friends share the beauty of the "Wild One" now.