Dracula sodiroi subsp. erythrocodon

So, the Dracula indulgence continues. Dracula sodiroi is an intermediate to cool growing terrestrial or epiphytic species named after Father Sadira who first discovered it in 1900. It grows in the northwestern regions of the Pichincha provice in Ecuador at altitudes between 1800 to 2300 meters. The bell shaped flowers form on erect racemes and the pendant growing style further enhances the bell connection. Apparently the characteristic to produce more than one flower at the same time on this erect raceme […]

By |February 12th, 2013|My orchids|4 Comments

Dracula iricolor

I bought this lovely species from Ecuagenera under the name Dracula trichroma, which apparently is a synonym to Dracula iricolor. Regardless of the name, I love the soft color scheme of the flower in contrast to the traditional provocative Dracula shape. It blooms on an erect inflorescence, which is less common in this genus, with single flowers produced in succession. It is an eiphyte from the cloud forests of Colombia to Northwestern Ecuador where it has been found at a […]

By |February 10th, 2013|My orchids|0 Comments

Dracula velutina

Dracula velutinaI love everything about Dracula orchids, and this species does not disappoint… I love the shape of the flowers, the awesome dark red to nearly black sepaline tails an the coloring – especially from the back. I adore the icicle looking texture of the flowers and the little monkey face in the middle of the flowers just makes me smile. Dracula velutina is a medium […]

By |December 17th, 2011|My orchids|2 Comments

Dracula deniseana

Dracula deniseanaThis narrow leaved medium sized cool growing epiphyte comes from Peru. It was registered by Luer in 2002, but other than that there is not much information to find about this species. No collection data exists and it is not very common in cultivation. I got mine from Peruflora last spring and this is the first time it is blooming for me. The flowers are light pink with […]

By |May 8th, 2011|My orchids|0 Comments

Dracula rezekiana

Dracula rezekianaThis lovely Dracula has been blooming for me non-stop since last summer. The four flower spikes just keep on producing new flowers one after the other. You can see the next bud on deck behind the flower in the photos. I really love the classic Dracula “monkey face” along with the spiky hairs of the flowers… they look like icicles or tiny stalactites. The […]

By |March 21st, 2011|My orchids|8 Comments

The taming of Dracula barrowii

Dracula barrowiiFinally!! After countless blasted buds this beautiful, but finicky, Dracula is blooming for me and I am sooo excited! It has been trying to bloom for months now, but the buds have blasted one after one with about a week to go before opening. It has been both frustrating and heartbreaking, especially since I haven’t been able to put my finger on exactly exactly […]

By |December 21st, 2010|My orchids|8 Comments

Dracula sodiroi and the demands of Dracula culture

Dracula sodiroiI picked up this lovely little Dracula from Ecuagenera at the Sofiero orchid show in May and I just adore it! It is a medium sized cool growing Ecuadorian terrestrial or epiphytic species found at elevations of 1500 to 2400 meters. I was waiting for the flower to open up a little more before photographing it, but this is as good as it got […]

By |October 9th, 2010|My orchids|2 Comments

Dracula chimaera – the giant fire-breathing monster

Dracula chimaeraDracula chimaera is a small sized cold grower from the cloud forests of Colombia. I have always admired this very large Dracula species and I have anxiously followed the development of the bud all summer. Today the flower has opened up and it is amazing!! It can carriy up to 6 single flowers in succession so I am looking forward to many more […]

By |September 4th, 2010|My orchids|6 Comments

Ecuador orchid flask baby report

Masdevallia infracta seedling (2010-07-30)It was finally time to repot the little seedlings I bought from Ecuagenera in flasks at the orchid show in Gothenburg 2008. Since deflasking them I have grown them intermediate/warm in a small mini-greenhouse and communal pots with sphagnum moss. It is recommended you grow all small seedlings, even cool growers, a bit warmer but now I thought they […]

By |August 2nd, 2010|Flask babies, Projects|12 Comments

Dracula rezekiana

Dracula rezekianaDracula rezekianaDracula rezekianaI love orchid buds almost as much as I like the flowers. Most orchids have the most amazing buds and I particularly like the moment right before they are about to open up, it is a very sensual moment. Dracula buds […]

By |July 30th, 2010|My orchids|9 Comments