Angraecum sesquipedale orchid - large, nicely started seedling

Angraecum sesquipedale orchid - large, nicely started seedling

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Easy to grow, instructions included
Great windowsill plant
Native to Madagascar

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This is the species orchid, native to Madagascar, that was made famous by Charles Darwin – yes, that Darwin  (The Origin of Species, The Voyage of the Beagle, etc.)

When Darwin first saw this orchid he predicted the existence of an insect with a tongue long enough to reach into the 10 to 12 inch nectar tube on the flower. The moth was later found, and given the species name “predicta.”

This is the December-blooming form of Angraecum sesquipedale. It puts out large, wonderful star-shaped flowers of white and pale green. The flowers are nicely fragrant at night.

You are purchasing a large seedling in a 2-inch pot with a single-growth and a leaf span of  6 to 8 inches. We think these are roughly 24 months from first blooming, but who knows, it could pop a flower next winter.

Angraecum is a genus in the Vanda family of orchids. They like fairly bright but indirect light. Grown indoors, an east or west window with a sheer curtain is fine.

Keep them moist but not sopping wet – you can pretty much grow these like a phalaenopsis. Fertilize about every three weeks with a very weak solution. You can grow these in baskets or mounted, as well as in pots with regular orchid media.

The first picture shows a typical flower; the second picture shows the kind of plant you are purchasing. We have a number of these and we’ll pick out a nice one for you.

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