Fairly Easy Orchids – Epidendrum Parkinsonianum
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I define “fairly easy” orchids as those that, while suitable for a beginner, may not be quite as tolerant of less than ideal conditions as the “easy” orchids.
This white-flowered species discovered in Mexico in 1887 produces heavy, spear-shaped leaves that hang down from diminutive, stem-like pseudobulbs. The spikes of one to two flowers last about three weeks and are produced from the base of the leaf where it joins the pseudobulb. This orchid looks best when grown on a slap of cork bark, where it will make copious aerial roots. It therefore require a fairly cool aspect in which a humid atmosphere can be provided. Indoors, it can become difficult to keep the plant moist enough for it to progress and grow well. This lovely, summer-flowering species is fragrant at night, an indication that it is pollinated by night-flying moths.
Flower Size: 2 1/2 inches (6cm) across
Flower Spike: 6 inches (15cm)
Plant Height: 1 foot (30cm)
Bark Slab: 1 foot (30cm) long