Thursday, July 10, 2008

Finally one of my favorite Orchids the Octopus Orchid ( Encyclia cochleata ) or the Cockleshell Orchid is blooming. I was given the Octopus Orchid from a friend of mine about 3 months ago. I mounted the Cockleshell Orchid on a nice piece of drift wood that I found at the beach a few years ago. Once I mounted this beautiful Orchid it started to show signs of growth. I thought to myself here is a happy Orchid.

The Octopus Orchid ( Encyclia cochleata ) gets its name from the Flowers shape, the lip is the body and the petals are the tentacles. This is a very interesting flower with a gorgeous color scheme. Here are some pictures of my Octopus Orchid ( Encyclia cochleata ), I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.






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5 comments:

misti said...

I've never heard the octopus orchid, but we call them clamshell. Have you see the 'alba' variety?

Perennial Gardener said...

That is one unique orchid. I've never seen anything like it. How cool that you are able to grow such interesting and different plants in your garden.

Frances, said...

Hi Aaron, that is indeed one happy guy. Cool that you could use found driftwood, not worried about salt? Does that matter?

Lets Plant said...

I soaked the driftwood for 2 weeks in water changing the water regularly to remove any salt deposits. This way there will be no problems.

Aliawh said...

How does one mount an orchid on driftwood? my octopus orchid was bought in a pot and I have diligently repotted and taken care of it for years but have not been able to stimulate it to grow a new flower stalk. What should I be doing?