Not So Lemony – but Nice

Aerangis citrata flowers

Check out my aerangis citrata, in full bloom. Last year, it produced two spikes, and this year it graced me with three.

These small orchids, native to Madagascar, are supposed to  do much better when mounted on a tree fern or cork bark, and not so well in a pot. They are also said to prefer shade to sun. Well, mine has been in a pot since I bought it, and it seems very happy. I also keep it in a sunny window, although I do move it to a shadier spot when the sun is very strong in the summer. The keys to success appear to be bright light, cooler temperatures, high humidity and good air circulation – with air circulation being key. I water mine weekly and set the pot on gravel in a tray, but I don’t keep the gravel wet.

It just proves once again that certain cultural “rules” can be broken, depending on the circumstances – and, of course, whether your orchid is happy.  My plant does not have the lemon scent these are known for, but I think it’s happy  anyway.

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About dirtynailz

Writer for a daily newspaper, gardener, tree hugger, orchid-grower, photographer, animal lover, hiker, wilderness seeker. Proponent of clover in the lawn and a dog on the bed.
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