Saturday 8 November 2014
Phragmipedium schlimii is currently in bloom. It is a very pretty lady's slipper native to Colombia, South America. The labellum is a lovely pink with some delicate venation, and the bud is very fuzzy; a fact made aware with macro photography. The flowers are sequentially blooming which means there are several flowers per inflorescence; as such it blooms for a longer period of time. It has a slight sweet fragrance, when you place your nose up against it. Like most Phrags it enjoys constant moisture, and wet conditions. Watering is done with only distilled or rain water. They grow near mountainsides near rivers and creeks , with abundant water always present. These orchids are ideal for those with a heavy hand.