One thing that really makes orchid geeks like me happy is getting a new plant to bloom for the first time. They are often in bloom when you buy them, but that doesn’t count. It’s all about getting them to flower in your house – the true test of orchid happiness.
This interesting flower belongs to Epicattleya (Epc) Rene Marques ‘Flame Thrower.’ I don’t usually go for larger plants (this one isn’t huge, but it is about two feet tall) because our house is small. But while I do adore my minis, I was smitten when I set eyes on this stunner at the 2013 Cape and Islands Orchid Show.
This orchid lives in the sunniest south-facing window, and is watered weekly and fertilized like my other orchids every second week, with alternating Superthrive and Michigan State University Tap Water Special. I have been told not to cut the spike back when it is finished blooming, because it could produce more flowers.
I think the combination of green, yellow and pink produce a brightness at a time of year when we need it most.