Yesterday a beautiful Stanhopea orchid came into bloom in our Orchid Greenhouse. This is the first time we have had this orchid bloom in our greenhouse. One stem has an astonishing six buds on it and another stem will open in the next two weeks. The orchid has a creamy yellow base color and features burgundy spots.
Growing the Stanhopea species is fairly easy, it likes to remain moist but needs to be frequently watered because it dries quickly when grown in a basket. As the plant sprouts new leaves it requires high levels of humidity or the they will shrivel. Each month are the plant is fertilized, buds develop at the bottom of the hanging basket and will produce a sweet smell as they open.