Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Orange Orchids!

Prosthechea vitellina, an orchid native to Mexico, Honduras and Nicaragua in oak and pine forest at about 4500 to 8000 ft. They tend to grow cool and like good air circulation. Ironically, they grow fine outside here in San Diego, particularly if you live near the ocean. However, if you lock them up in a greenhouse and keep them nice and toasty/humid, they die off in no time. Yes, some orchids like it hot and some NOT. If you can grow this little beauty, it is worth the hassle for it's long lasting, waxy orange and yellow flowers.

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