Hybrid seedling plant in a 50mm tube.
Commonly known as the “cockleshell orchid”. The plant of cochleata ‘Jules & Elaine’ is without a doubt the most unique, its flower stems are very heavy, they stick straight up like a bamboo stake that is 3 feet long! I just counted the flowers with the first opening in August to now March and there have been 30 flowers so far with 4 open blooms and buds to come! This is just an outstanding plant with an amazing flowering habit. The cochleata ‘H&R’ 4n was a gift plant from H&R orchids in Hawaii, it was from a colchicine treated batch of plants, the flowers are heaver and fuller than most, the plant is a slow grower and blooms with 3-5 open flowers at a time with inflorescences reaching a length of about 20”. The progeny from this cross have really impressed me, they are the best and fastest growing cochleata’s I have seen, with a remarkably large pseudobulbs having already formed. Plant vigor is often a sign of quality, our motto around the nursery is “It has to grow good first and then flower well”. These plants are easy to grow and they bloom for months on end, making this an excellent beginner’s plant and for you more experienced growers this cross will upgrade your collection.
Imported Seedling from Sunset Valley Orchids, USA. Picture shows the parent of this cross. The above description details the expectation of this hybrid.
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