Wednesday, February 6, 2013

In bud: Psh. cochleata

It's been almost THREE years since this one bloomed!  It was blooming when I bought it, and hasn't bloomed again since.  This is also a good demonstration as to why you shouldn't cut off the dead sheaths on your cattleyas.  This particular sheath has been dead and brown for at least two years.  Had to perform some delicate surgery to get the spike and buds out of the sheath, but it went well.

Can't wait...the flowers are shaped like an octopus or squid.  Definitely one of my all-time favorites.

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