Stanhopea orchids

Stanhopea is an amazing genus of orchids from America. These sympodial orchids have grandiose flowers – for instance, Stanhopea tigrina (synonym Stanhopea nigroviolacea) has flowers up to 8 inch wide (up to 20 cm). Their flowers are also extremely fragrant (fragrance of confectionery could be sensed for very long distances, some Stanhopea growers hung their Stanhopeas outside of a house when they flower, the odor is so strong). A cool feature of these orchids is that their flowers are located upside down – so they are never resupinated but just hang down the orchid. That’s why Stanhopea often is called upside-down orchid. Only one sad moment of Stahopea is that their extremely lovely flowers don’t last long.

Stanhopea peruviana

Stanhopea peruviana

By Dick Hartley – Foxdale Orchids from Dick Hartley, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16533584

 

Care

What’s about stanhopea orchid care? Stanhopea orchids are epiphytes and occasionally terrestrials, they need open well-drained substrate of medium bark, cocoa chips, and some sphagnum, they are grown within hanged baskets with trellis bottom, solid bottom baskets and pots are not suitable for Stanhopea growing. Giving the fact that their flowers are located vertically beside the plants, Stanhopea’s buds have to make their way out the basket, so you have to make openings in the bottom, otherwise, buds will not break out, rot and plant can die. Like many other orchids, Stanhopea likes when night temperature is several (up to 15-20) degrees lower. Such lowering of night temperature is required for a development of plant flowering.

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Stanhopea Grandiflora

 See also

Ada

Aerides

Angraecum

Barkeria

Bifrenaria

Bletilla

Brassavola

Brassia

Bulbophyllum

Calanthe

Cambria

Cattleya

Coelogyne

Cymbidium

Dendrobium

Dendrochilum

Dracula

Encyclia

Epidendrum

Gongora

Grammatophyllum

Jewel orchids

Laelia

Leptotes

Lycaste

Masdevallia

Maxillaria

Miltonia

Miltoniopsis

Neofinetia

Odontoglossum

Oncidium

Paphiopedilum

Peristeria

Phaius

Phalaenopsis

Phragmipedium

Pleione

Psychopsis

Renanthera

Rhynchostylis

Sobralia

Trichopilia

Vanda

Vanilla

Zygopetalum

 

 

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