04/06 - What's new in June?

Odontoglossum Horsmannii

04/06 - What's new?
Orchid of the Month: Odontoglossum Horsmannii 

A rare natural hybrid from Odontoglossum luteopurpurem and Odontoglossum nobile is now available. Also known as Oncidium x horsmannii and Oncidium x adrianae. This cross was described by Frederich Reichenbach in 1880. The first blooming plants had 5,5 to 6,5 cm large flowers in yellow/white colors overlaid with maroon red patches on the petals, sepals and lip. This orchid flowers in late winter and early spring. Prefers deep shade and a cool, humid environment. Temperatures are ideal between 12° and 20°C. If higher humidity has to rise up to 90% and more. This natural cross is limited in stock. On a sunny day this orchid in bloom spreads a lovely sweet honey scent.

October 21, 2020 by Petrens Orchid Shop

04/08 - What's new in August?

Angraecum leonis

04/08 - What’s new in August?
This months orchid in the picture: Angraecum leonis

This medium sized, fan-shaped epiphyte is grown on a slab of cork. It requires high humidity (75-85%) and temperatures between 20 and 30°C. Two varieties are known in the wild: One in the north of Madagascar and another variety on the Comoros. Angraecum leonis blooms in winter with pure white flowers approximately 3 to 5 cm on short overhanging stems. This orchid has long lasting flowers with a strong jasmin scent during the night. Angraecum leonis is also known as Leon's orchid and has synonyms as Aeranthes leans, Angraecum humblotii and Macroplectrum leans. This species was described by Eduard-François André in 1885. As a medium sized plant grown on cork it is ideal for orchid collectors with a small conservatory or veranda. It can also been grown in a terrarium with high humidity.

August 04, 2020 by Petrens Orchid Shop

14/05 - What's new in May?

Phalaenopsis lobbii

14/05 - What's new in May?
This months orchid in the picture: Phalaenopsis lobbii

A miniature epiphyte from the Eastern Himalaya regio al the way up to Myanmar and Vietnam. This specie grows on mossy pinewood trees, in deep shade at altitudes from 350 to 500 meters. We prefer to grow it on a slab of cork as the roots are flat and long. Some Phalaenopsis lobbii bend to drop leaves during winter. Once light levels resume new leaves grow back. The 1 cm to 1,4 cm large flowers appear on a short stem close to the leaves. Phalaenopsis lobbii has been used in several hybrids. Well known crosses are Phalaenopsis Micro Nova and Phalaenopsis Mini Mark. Phalaenopsis lobbii prefers to grow warm to intermediate with daily misting, except during winter when a dry periode is needed to induce flowering in spring.

May 14, 2020 by Petrens Orchid Shop

13/03 - What’s new in March?

Sobralia macrantha

13/03 - What’s new in March?
This months orchid in the picture: Sobralia macrantha

Sobralia is a medium large orchid genus with more than 100 species described. It is named after the Spanish botanist Dr. Fransisco Sobral who lived in the 18th century. Sobralia macrantha is a popular specie from central America. The plant looks like bamboo with wider curved leaves and flowers on top of the canes. Flowers are short lived but come one after the other. Flowers can be 8 to 20 cm large and  produce a sweet scent. This specie requires cool to intermediate conditions in a half shade position. During summer it needs twice a week water, during winter once a week. Keep the plant in a cool environment between 14° and 18°C. From May on move the plant to a warmer place with temperatures between 18° and 25°C. A repotting is needed every 2 to 3 years. We advice to use a medium large bark. Repot with care as the roots don't like to be disturbed. Sobralia macrantha is a stunning orchid if you see the flower for the first time. You definitely want one.

March 13, 2020 by Petrens Orchid Shop

23/01 - What’s new in January?

Psychopsis papilio

This months orchid in the picture: Psychopsis papilio

Psychopsis is a genus of 5 and Psychosis papilio is the best known. Nicknamed the "butterfly orchid". It grows epiphyticaly on trees in the tropical rainforests of northern South America, central America and on islands of the Caribbean. It is said that this orchid triggered the orchid mania back in the 19th century. Psychosis papilio is best grown in bright light with temperatures between 18° and 24°C. Water once a week but make sure the roots dry out in between waterings. Every leave can produce a new flower stalk that can grow up to 1,2 meter. In succession a single flower opens at the top and stays for 4 weeks. Psychopsis papilio is a must have for every orchid collector and truly a show off plant once it is blooming.

January 23, 2020 by Petrens Orchid Shop

28/11 - What's new in November?

Zygopetalum maculatum 'Trozy Blue'

This months orchid in the picture: Zygopetalum maculatum 'Trozy Blue'

We now have a very nice compact Zygopetalum maculatum meristem called 'Trozy Blue'. This meristem has a wonderful deep blue lip and a strong scent, especially on a sunny day in the morning. This species grows in wet and mossy places at altitudes of 1100 to 2250 meter. It can be found in the rainforests of Bolivia, Brazil and Peru. Zygopetalum maculatum has several synonyms including Z. mackayi, Z. intermedium and Z. bolivianum. The meristem 'Trozy Blue' is easy to cultivate and requires once a week water and few times of misting. Be aware that plants don't like water in the hart of a new shoot. They like temperatures between 18° and 22°C. Once the flowers fade you move the plant to a slightly cooler place.

November 28, 2019 by Petrens Orchid Shop

13/09 - What's new in September?

Chysis bractescens

This months orchid in the picture: Chysis bractescens

We offer you now very nice plants of Chysis bractescens. This epiphyte or lithophyte can be found on rocky slopes and in trees of central America and on islands of the Gulf of Mexico al the way to the Bahamas. The plant consist of fat big pseudo bulbs that carry soft large leaves like those from Lycaste or Phaius. In winter the leaves drop and from the leafless bulbs the short flower spike appear. Flowers are large and have a strong sweet fragrance. They bloom for 4 weeks and longer.

September 13, 2019 by Petrens Orchid Shop

05/06 - What’s new in June?

Rhyncholaeliocattleya Haw Yuan Gold

This months orchid in the picture: Rhyncholaeliocattleya Haw Yuan Gold

One of the best yellow colored large flowering Cattleya's of the last few decades. Its glowing golden color hits you from a distance. On top of that a strong sweet perfume surprises you when you are near the flowers. This orchid was registered in 1997 and won since then many awards for its outstanding quality, good form, color and scent. It prefers a sunny spot at a big window, once a week water and mist if conditions are getting dry or hot. This hybrid flowers in autumn, sometimes in winter.

June 05, 2019 by Petrens Orchid Shop

08/04 - What's new in April?

Ornithocephalus gladiatus

This months orchid in the picture: Ornithocephalus gladiatus

This cute little epiphyte belongs to a genus with more than 50 species. They have typical fan shaped, fleshy leaves. They produce few to many inflorescences not much longer than the leaves. Flowers are 5 mm and mainly white with a touch of green in the center. This specie grows on shrubs in montane rain forests all over South America. We prefer to grow it on cork and this makes it an ideal terrarium plant. It likes temperatures between 15° and 24°C, a shady position and humidity around 80%. Water and mist regularly but make sure the plant dries out in between. This "jewel of the tropics" is an easy flowering orchid and therefor worth trying.

April 08, 2019 by Petrens Orchid Shop

29/01 - What's new in January?

Cymbidium bicolor

This months orchid in the picture: Cymbidium bicolor

This Cymbidium species has succulent fleshy leaves with pendant flower spikes on which 5 to 25 flowers appear. They spread a fruity perfume and last 4 to 5 weeks. Cymbidium aloifolium is closely related but differs in having a lateral ribbed and rounded lip. Cymbidium bicolor is wide spread in tropical Asia and has 3 subspecies. It likes a warm humid environment with lots of light. Temperatures can drop in winter to 15°C or even lower wile in summer 30°C and more is tolerable. This species is rare in collections, still easy to maintain and rewards you with an annual blossom that strikes most of us.

January 29, 2019 by Petrens Orchid Shop