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1st October 2006
The hardy Calanthe (there are also a lot of tropical species) are a strange group of orchids. For the most part, they grow reasonably well for me, but
I don't get flower spikes as often as I would like, so I am doing something wrong. This is one of the most reliable for me, flowering in late summer
19th September 2007
31st August 2008
20th September 2009
2nd October 2010
Years pass,and I don't seem to be making much progress. The plants carry on flowering sporadically without ever really looking prosperous.
I have a similar problem with Lycoris. I see pictures of them looking fabulous in Japan and in the southern states of the USA, but with me
they are rather feeble and don't flower. This year I decided to move the Lycoris into the greenhouse I use for the Hippeastrum.
It is unheated so it gets cold in the winter, but it is fairly well sealed, so it reaches hight temperatures through the summer. I am hoping that
if they get a long hot humid summer they will make enough growth to cope with a cold winter. All of which is borderline irrelevant here except
that it made me wonder if the Calanthe would also prefer a much hotter summer (most of the genus are actually tropical).
Consequently this morning I moved them all into a greenhouse with less ventilation that gets hot if there is even a glimpse of sun in the day.
They were moved away from the open door in a well ventilated alpine house. It is a change, and something had to be done.
2nd March 2020
The long gap since the last picture is perhaps a telling statement of the death of the previous plant. Not deterred I have bought another from Jacques Amand
at the AGS show in Theydon Bois. It is a favourite plant of mine and I am having another try at Calanthe.