Easy Orchids – Barkeria Lindleyana
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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.
There are many delightful miniature orchids that will grace any collection, taking up very little space on a windowsill. This species from Guatemala, discovered in 1842, is one of them. In its native habitat it can be found growing on trees or rocks, where it will develop into quite a large plant. In cultivation, however, it remains compact, producing its small stem-like growths and up to six delightful deep cerise, yellow-centered flowers on a slender flower spike above the foliage. Provide shade and moisture to encourage the production of thick aerial roots in early summer. The blooms will last for two to three weeks in the fall.
Flower Size: 1 1/2 inches (4cm) across
Flower Spike: 6 inches (15cm)
Plant Height: 5 inches (12cm)
Pot Size: 4 inches (10cm)