Thursday, June 18, 2015

Cyrtochilum macranthum nanum x self

Cyrtochilum macranthum nanum x self
I've been waiting for this orchid to bloom for quite a while, purchased it a couple of years ago and been trying to get it to flower and finally it decided to reward me with these special blooms. The flowers of this specie quite large, over 12 cm with relaxed petals and color predominantly yellow with shade of purple and orange in the middle.

These orchids are native to cool mountain forests of Peru and Colombia, growing at higher elevation at about 3,000m and like cooler temperature with bright light, plenty of moisture and quick drying situation. For a while I've been trying replicate as much as I can it's growing requirements, experimented with light, watering, moved it a few times around greenhouse, tried to keep it cool during summer heatwave and finally in the middle of our winter it decided to bloom, revealing to me it's special beauty that I can share with you all.


Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

Your waiting was rewarded, Klara! I like it's disheveled look!

klaraau01 said...

Thank you for visiting, yes, this orchid tested my patience a bit

Ron said...

Such amazing flowers! This, of course, is way too big for my conditions but it's always nice to see. Last time I saw it was at the AOS meeting in Portland in 2014 so it must have made an impression then too.