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This is a discussion on Eulophia guinensis within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; This is a terrestrial orchid from West Africa. Make small rather knobbly bulbs, the size ...
This is a terrestrial orchid from West Africa. Make small rather knobbly bulbs, the size of a rather small plum, half buried in the compost. Deciduous, loses its leaves in the autumn, then needs a hard but warm rest, and the spikes emerge with the new shoots . If you've got it rght ( as I have this year) the tiny green shoot emerged maybe 5 weeks ago - and here is the better of the spikes.
Biggish flowers - maybe 6 even 7 cm in a North-South direction. On very strong plants , spike 2 foot - 60 cm high, even branching. My big plant which did that ( branched spikes) was split up a couple of years ago, and I kept about four bulbs which I separated but put in the same pot ; no flowers last year, but this year 6 growths on the bulbs I kept, and two big enough to flower. Maybe by next year it will be big enough to have more and better spikes.
The trick is to build them up in late summer - I intend to use the same mix as I do on my tomatoes at that time - high in potash , and being a terrestrial they can take it hot and strong.
Thats a stunner there ! I like the curled tepals !
Man, that is so pretty. I saw this orchid in the slide show on the home page and wondered what kind of orchid it was. Thank for sharing it and the information about it, Geoff.
Never seen this one before -- beautiful flower! Good job on that first pic, Geoff, looks like something fit for a calendar!
Very pretty Geoff.