Calanthe masuca (‘La Rocaille’ x self) (3.5” pot near blooming size)
Very Limited Supply – One per Customer! We have just a very few of this unusual evergreen Calanthe species to offer. It also goes under the name Calanthe kintaroi although the name we are using was applied in 1833 and is considered the accepted one. The range of this species is fairly widespread in Southeast Asia and Indonesia, but very little is written about it, nonetheless. We purchased a community pot of seedlings a couple of years ago and have already sold most, but have a few left to offer to our online customers. We have been growing them under LED lights in our greenhouse, and while this bright light has turned the foliage a bit more chartreuse than is normal, they have grown very fast for us. Following the climate data from the areas it comes from we have been watering and feeding heavier in summer, and somewhat less in winter. The photo shows the first one to bloom, though as a medium sized mature plant spikes will be taller and more numerous with a succession of lavender purple flowers with deeper edges and a prominent nectar spur. The plants we have are large enough to bloom within a year and are offered in 3.5” square pots. This is definitely an usual orchid for those who want something rare and special. This species is terrestrial in the wild so we have used fine bark amended with a bit of compost to mimic those conditions.
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