Categories: Fertilizing, Fragrant Orchids, Growing, Intermediate Growers, Photos, Watering
I bought this gorgeous Cochleanthes at an orchid show five years ago, and it has been one of my most reliable bloomers ever since. Its captivating white flowers boast great purple highlights.
This species is native to the Amazon Rainforest, from Brazil to Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. The flowers appear fragile, but they’re thick and waxy, and can last for months. These sparkling white blooms reach up to 4 inches (10 cm) tall. My orchid books say this variety is very fragrant, but I’ve only detected a light scent from my plant.
With thin leaves, this species needs frequent waterings and high humidity. Keep it in shady conditions, although a little morning sun is ok. Be cautious with repotting, since it has delicate roots. Fertilize weakly, weekly, and an occasional dose of compost will encourage blooming.
To pronounce Cochleanthes, say “coke-lee-ANN-these.” This species has recently been renamed, so it’s now called Warczewiczella amazonica. I can’t figure out how to pronounce that, so I’ll stick with the old name. And I’ll continue to enjoy a colorful little part of the Amazon Rainforest in my home.