Stangopeia

Stangopeia
Stangopeia
Video: Stangopeia
Video: Орхидея Stanhopea 2023, February
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One glance at the photo of the stangopea was enough to be imbued with the charm of it, succumb to the desire to see this unusual orchid in your collection. And they began digging in reference books, in encyclopedias, in forums, to be honest, not only to collect information about her, but in search of any information about the possibility of acquiring this wonderful flower:

Stanhopea tigrina Stangopea tiger or bull orchid, the most beautiful of all 25 species of the genus Stangopea, was discovered to the world in 1838. It has oblong-elongated leaves with noticeable longitudinal veins. There are about three flowers on a long peduncle. The flowers are on average 14-15 cm in diameter, but they can grow even more (up to 17 cm). Petals are yellow with reddish or brown specks and spots.

In nature, Stangopea grows as a semi-epiphyte - in crevices of rocks, on fallen trees and forks of branches. At home, you need to choose the appropriate conditions.

And in May the dream came true, and I turned out to be the happy owner of Stangopea tiger - a small young family of 4 sprouts. They were planted in a basket of wooden slats filled with a large fraction of pine bark (of course, the baskets can be any, but the main thing is that future inflorescences, usually growing down, to the side, but not up, freely pass through the substrate and the gaps of the baskets).

tiger orchid
tiger orchid
Stangopeia
Stangopeia
Stangopeia
Stangopeia
tiger orchid
tiger orchid
Stangopeia
Stangopeia
Stangopeia
Stangopeia

I will not describe how painfully the place was chosen for the long-awaited beauty. The fact is that they are advised to keep them at a temperature of 20-25 degrees in summer, abundantly moisturizing and shading strongly. It was the temperature that bothered me - the apartment is sunny, all windows and a glazed loggia face the south side. In summer, the temperature on the loggia goes off scale well over the 30-degree mark (looking ahead, I will say that my worries were in vain).

I hung the basket in a slightly shaded place (you yourself understand that on a loggia drenched in the sun all day long, partial shade, as advised in encyclopedias, is impossible to find).

Every morning I sprayed the leaves and the substrate through the gaps in the basket. Once every 10 days, she completely dipped the basket into a bowl of water, to which fertilizers were added (alternated with Pokon for orchids with Kemira lux). She immersed it only to the height of the basket, trying not to flood the plant itself. This went on all summer.

Stangopea clearly liked the care, the bulbs were noticeably filled, the leaves grew, fully opened. Then two new sprouts appeared, similar to miniature funnels. Here it was necessary to arrange the morning spraying a little more carefully, to do it so that water would not get inside these "tubes" and would not cause decay.

And then the moment came when, to my great surprise (or rather, indescribable joy), from the bottom of the basket, in the gap, there appeared a sharp tip of a peduncle growing vertically downward - God, I never expected flowering this year!

How long the time of its growth dragged on for me, although the peduncle developed rather quickly, gained strength, growing two buds.

Flowering lasted only 4 days. But the aroma did not subside during these days for a minute (the door to the loggia had to be closed). After flowering, I continued watering again through soaking with the addition of fertilizers. In addition to flowering, the stangopea continued vigorously to increase its family, to grow new shoots. And about two weeks later, a second peduncle appeared - and everything repeated again. All the same scent, huge, amazingly colorful flowers and delight at the sight of this miracle.

Flowering is over, the basket is more and more filled with growing sprouts and not only upward (as it should be), but even sideways, perpendicular to the basket. Moreover, these sprouts are directed not towards the window, towards the light, but quite the opposite, towards the shadow.

With the onset of autumn, with a decrease in the temperature on the loggias to 18-19 degrees, I reduced the watering to once a month, but I spray with warm water every morning, and once every 10 days, the stangopea receives foliar fertilization so that new shoots gain strength for the future year again pleased me with their flowering.

The author of the article: Lyudmila Popova (Buttercup)

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