The Stanhopea Pages

** Culture **

Edited 25 June 2007
© Nina Rach

Photo of Stan. reichenbachiana growing wild in Colombia, by Acevedo 1. Start with mature plants or large seedlings.

2. Try to replicate their natural growing conditions.

3. Provide bouyant, breezy atmosphere.

4. Shelter from full sun.

5. Grow in baskets or on slabs to allow room for the pendent inflorescences.

6. Fertilize.

How to grow Stanhopeas and related genera

Photo of stanhopea in flask by AJ Hicks Growing from flask:

Larger plants are more robust than small seedlings. However, raising a population from seed can be very rewarding, if you are patient.

Be sure that you have a warm, snail, slug, and roach-free environment for the seedlings, lest they become an evening snack.

I like to use either long-fiber sphagnum moss or a mix of fine fir bark, spongerock, charcoal, and peat. Seedlings from flask go directly into community pots.

Photo of tiny stanhopea seedling

Printed References:

Gerald Rodway (Feb. 1969) "Notes from Glasgow Botanic Garden Orchid Collection," in: Orchid Review 77(908): 38-42.
Concerning Stanhopea eburnea: "The spikes usually carry two blooms, and because they are short they mostly appear at compost level or through the first bars of the basket and seldom as in other members of the genus through the base of the basket. Spikes can be very easily lost in Stanhopeas by rotting before they appear through the compost. I sometimes arrange for the basket to be placed sideways or even upside-down and water between the bars to keep moisture away from the spikes and buds, re-inverting when the water has dripped out."

Other Links:

"Sawing the beautiful lady in half," by Max Fulcher, Australia. Max says "You can never have too many Stanhopeas. That's why division is such a blessing." Read on for his suggestions on dividing a big plant. Link:

Tennis Maynard's homemade stanhopea baskets, [Ohio]

Stanhopea leaf spot photos at Orchid Problems. Contact:

"An Exciting Morning in the Greenhouse, or Why I Grow Orchids" (Marty Epstein, New Hampshire)
also includes A Celebration of Stanhopeas, by Michael Wirth

Stanhopea and Relatives (Prepared by the AOS Education Committee)

Orchids A to Z: Stanhopea (AOS website) -- "Long-time users of the AOS Web site will recall with fondness this feature. Touted as the “definitive source for information on orchid genera,” this is an outstanding resource. Respected authorities submitted content for genera for which they are noted, assuring the availability of top-shelf information." Now available to AOS members only.

Repotting Stanhopeas by Wm. Paul Mitchell, University of South Florida
[Originally appeared in OrchidGuide Digest V1 #137; republished on the New Hampshire Orchid Society website]

Stanhopea Orchid (in Australia) (Burke's Backyard, NSW, 6/1999)

Stanhopea Culture (Dragon Agro Products)

Pollination and Seed Germination database (Charles & Margaret Baker)
[Temporarily unavailable due to remodeling as of 5 June 2001; still not reconnected as of 3 April 2006]

Stanhopea (Orchid Photo Page by Greg Allikas)

The Strange Stanhopea Orchids by Linda Fortner

Cirrhaea Culture

Gongora Alliance Culture Tips (JEM Orchids)

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