Easy Orchid Plant – Oerstedella Centradenia
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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 delightful little species from central South America, whose genus was first described in 1852, is just one example of how some of the smallest orchids can be so appealing and worth growing alongside the larger, more flamboyant types. Plants of this stature take up little room and can be a real boon where space is limited. You could also try growing this species in a cool, disused fish tank, where you can create a humid environment by placing pebbles in the base and keeping them wet. This is a neat plant with slender, cane-like stems and narrow leaves. The flowers are born in the spring at the top of the mature cane, with up to six flowers to a spike that will last for about three weeks.
Flower Size: 1/2 inch (1cm) across
Flower Spike: 4 inches (10cm)
Plant Height: 6 inches (15cm)
Pot Size: 2 1/2 inches (6cm)