A bit weird – in a good way


This is my bulbophyllum longissimum. It grows in a northeast facing window in my kitchen, and it has re-bloomed twice since I bought it a couple of years ago.

It is planted in a basket, and I water and fertilize it on the same schedule as my other orchids. (week one: plain water, week two: Superthrive, week three: plain water, week four: Michigain State University tap water special orchid fertilizer.)  The flower is pendulous and about eight inches long. It has a strange scent which is vaguely unappealing, but it’s so cool-looking that I don’t mind. The flower lasts about a week.

This orchid is a warm-growing species that is native to Thailand, Myanmar and Malaysia. I read up on how to grow it, and opinions are so wildly divergent that I just trusted my instincts and did what I thought the plant would like. For instance, one man fertilizes his twice a week while it’s growing. That’s a lot of fertilizer for an orchid.

Here’s a close-up of the flower. Someone told me it looked like a squid, which is quite true, I think.


This is my most expensive orchid. I paid $40 for it, which, for me, is a lot. But it’s so interesting and reliable, and such a great addition to my collection.


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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8 Responses to A bit weird – in a good way

  1. CJ Wright says:

    That is totally bizarre, dn. You continue to amaze me with your talent for orchids.


  2. That is quite spectacular. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything quite like it. Orchids seem to thrive under your care; you are doing it right!


    • dirtynailz says:

      Thanks, Martha. I can’t make all of them happy and I’ll confess I have tossed some that were just not destines to make it. But the ones I have now seem to be doing fine.


  3. Lib says:

    A squid! Perfect. Congrats. It’s really cool.


  4. Kathy says:

    Yum! Calamari! Love the color and wondering if it would be a good addition to my (ever growing) collection. My favorite thing about growing orchids is they seem to put on their gorgeous displays in the dead of winter. Six or seven of mine are blooming as we speak, and all seem to thrive with your prescription for care!


    • dirtynailz says:

      I knew you’d love growing them. They are so cool. The two things limiting the size of my collection are windowsill space and the time it takes me to water and fertilize everyone.


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