|Stanhopea shuttleworthii in bud|
|Stanhopea insignis exhibiting older robust |
pseudobulbs and new growth.
A plant that has several new and mature growths is doing well and will have the energy reserves to flower the following year. A plant that has large pseudobulbs (this varies according to the species) is more likely to produce larger growths and more inflorescences. Large and firm pseudobulbs are a sign that the plant is doing well. Some species have folds or wrinkled surfaces such as S. insignis that may look like they are desiccated. However, if you gently press the pseudobulb between your thumb and index finger and it is firm, then the plant is doing well. However, if the pseudobulb is spongy or soft, then the plant may be getting either too much or too little water.
|Stanhopea gibbosa new root growth|
A plant that is not getting enough water will have a growing medium that is dry and the basket will be very light. Your plant should always be moist, but not sopping wet. An over dry plant will have roots that will turn gray in color and the roots will begin to die and become desiccated. If your plant is receiving too much water the roots may not be receiving enough air for gas exchange. In this last case the media will be soggy and the roots will look very dark brown to black and may be rotting in the anaerobic environment.