My garden, Zygopetalum
I love this easy to grow and easy to flower orchid. One year later under my care, it has grown two spikes and two more new growth/bulbs. Hopefully the new growth will also develop flowers later on. One of the flower spikes has opened and I can start to smell the beautiful fragrance. The blooms have unusual colour of green and brown-maroon, while the large lips are white with purple stripes.
Though the long and large leaves are prone to black spots, it seems that it does not really affect the performance of the plant. To minimise black spots to develop, it is better to keep the foliage dry and position the plant in an open airy spot under a sunny shade. Good air circulation can help to reduce spotting of the leaves.
4. Seasonal Garden Notes
Cymbidium, Oncidium alliance, Psychopsis, Zygocactus, Zygopetalum
13/05/2015: Snow flurries in May?? It is snowing on Mount Dandenong, Kinglake, Toolangi, north-east of Melbourne and on top of Mount William, in the Grampians. Overnight temperature was around 6 deg. C and now it is 10.4 deg. with on-offrains and hails.
Snow near Toolangi
Pear Tree in late Autumn
Windy, wet and cold Autumn…………..Today will have a chance of hail and storm. Our pear trees are displaying brilliant autumn colours. Most of the leaves are still intact. Some of the Cymbidium orchids have developed some flower spikes, but my prediction is that quite a few of them will not flower this blooming season as most of the new bulbs are still too young. The biggest surprise is that the Beallara ‘Eurostar’ is suddenly having a spike (about a month ago was still none), while the Dancing Lady still has not shown any flower growth. More
My garden, Oncidium alliance, Zygopetalum
Last year around June I bought 3 orchids: Zygopetalum maculatum, Oncidium ‘Dancing Lady’ and Beallara ‘Eurostar’. Now almost one year later, only the Zygopetalum is developing 2 flower spikes. The Dancing Lady grows very well with many new bulbs, but there is no sign of flower spikes at all. When the Beallara orchid was bought it was a very small plant with only 1 backbulb and 1 flowering bulb. So far it has grown another new bulb, but no flower spike is growing.
The plant is vigorous, the long and wide leaves grow quite large. I have noticed that the flower spikes grow at the same time as the new bulb, side by side. I found it a little bit odd. It seems that growing this orchid is quite easy, but the plant is prone to black spots. Ours has suffered from few black spots, but after I avoid the foliage from getting wet, it seems that it is not getting worse and the spots kind of faded. I read that Zygopetalum hates to have the leaves wet and also it needs good air circulation to avoid fungal problems.
Zygopetalum maculatum Orchid April 2015
My garden, Zygopetalum
Zygopetalum orchids are easy to grow, the blooms have unusual colour and release strong sweet scent.