Easy Orchid Flower – Calanthe Prinsesse Alexandra
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I define “easy” orchids as those that can be grown indoors in mild climates in homes that have the heating on during the daytime in winter.
This new hybrid, raised in Denmark and registered in 1997, is the result of crossing the species C. rosea with a modern hybrid, C. Grouville. The flower exhibits many of the characteristics of the species, with its light pink, soft-textured blooms on a long, arching flower spike. The flowers last for many weeks over the winter period, with the spike extending to provide a succession of blooms. The plant needs to be grown in warm conditions during the summer to accommodate its fast-growing habit. The silver-gray pseudobulbs do not live as long as in other orchids, and will have shriveled and died after two years, leaving only the newest one to grow and perpetuate the plant. When repotting the plant in the spring, divide the pseudobulbs singly and place them together in one large pot for best effect.
Flower Size: 1 1/2 inches (4cm) across
Flower Spike: 28 inches (70cm)
Plant Height: 2 feet (60cm)
Pot Size: 5 inches (12cm)