|Micaela's Stanhopea tigrina var. nigroviolacea|
|My form of S. tigrina var. nigroviolacea|
|My form of S. tigrina var. nigroviolacea |
with two flowers
I have learned through trial and error that too much sun and a lack of water will set a mature plant back and prevent a good bloom cycle. In some cases this will continue for years until the plant is provided with more shade, regular water, and the pseudobulb increases in size enough to allow it to produce an inflorescence. A life lesson learned….treat your Stanhopeas well and they will reward you! This is an excellent Stanhopea to grow outdoors in southern California, especially due to the huge 6.7 inch (17 cm) wide flowers and heady vanilla/candy fragrance.