Submitted by wellsy on Tue, 29/07/2008 - 16:23
Spathoglottis Blume, Bijdr.: 400 (1825).
Distribution: China, Taiwan, assam, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Andaman, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Borneo, Java, Malaysia, Philippines, Sulawesi, Bismarch Archipeligo, New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Queensland, Fiji, New Caledonia, Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu
A widespread genus of terrestrial plants which are quite attractive with large plicate leaves and well displayed often showy flowers. The flowers are borne progressively on a long arching spike.
These are as much at home in the garden used to good effect in landscaping or in a bright shadehouse in pots with a rich well drained mix.
Most plants lose their leaves over the cooler winter months and it is best to reduce watering at this time giving only enough water to stop the bulbs shrivelling noticeably.
Best repotted annually (at the onset of new growth in spring) if grown in pots as they resent a stale, sour mix. Once they are growing well they will benefit from plenty of water and fertiliser with rapid growth and development of plenty of new bulbs the result. If they do produce plenty of new bulbs they can easily be divided into a 4 bulb divisions when repotted in the spring.