Coelogyne Mayeriana — an experiment

Cologyne072616.JPGI purchased this Coelogyne Mayeriana from Andy’s Orchids at Orchids in the Park on July 23rd.  It is a large orchid mounted on cork bark — which is a specialty of Andy’s.  It can be seen that the rhizome has “grown up the tree”, leaving a plant that is over three feet long.  It has several new growths, and appears to be a very healthy plant.

In talking with Andy before purchasing this plant, he recommended three things

  • Watering two or three times per week, which should fit well into my watering scheme.  I plan to keep this in the solarium (at least for the warm months), and my twice-per-week watering schedule should fit its needs.
  • I should water the plant, and come back a few minutes later and water it again, starting at the top.  It is mounted on cork bark, which should retain water in its porous structure.
  • When the plant overgrows the mount (which it already has), on can cut off the topmost portion and reattach it to the mount lower down.  In this way, the specimen plant will fully cover the cork mount.

According to OrchidsWiki, this plant is native to the lowland (sea level) forest of Malaysia, Sumatra, Java, the Philippines, and Borneo, and grows on tree trunks and in the leaf litter on the ground.  So it is a warm growing plant, that needs bright light, but partial shade.  The plant blooms in the fall and winter.

This is my first mounted orchid, and I am using it as an experiment to see if I can grow a mounted orchid well.  If done correctly, it should make a great specimen plant.

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