ANGULOA ORCHIDS

An introduction


3. CULTURE


Veitch noted in his classic work that 'anguloas are amongst the most tractable orchids to cultivate, exacting no extra vigilance or care at the cultivators hands'. Hawkes also notes 'anguloas are easily grown, even by the rank amateur, and never fail to provide a delight when brought into flower provided their basic requirements are met'. This opinion appears to be shared by all authors, the only dissenting opinion being Kramer (Jack Kramer, Orchids - Flowers of Romance and Mystery, 1975) where he states it is difficult to bring in flower, and that the maintenance of strong roots is difficult because of their watering requirements. Perhaps he has had some particular problems!


The anguloas can be grown as indicated for lycastes, and readers are referred to that information. Basically, however, the same growing media is used. Temperatures should not fall too frequently below 10 C (50 F) during the period of rest, when the plants will be dormant. When new growths arise in the spring, try and maintain higher temperatures - a minimum of 12 - 15 C) (55 - 60 F), although as they are naturally high latitude plants, maximum temperatures should never exceed 25 C. Higher levels of humidity should be maintained at all times, as required by lycastes. Adequate supplies of fertiliser should be given when the plants are in growth, to encourage development of maximum pseudobulb size, which is important to ensure maximum flowering. Shading is the same as for lycastes; where good air movement can be maintained with higher humidity levels, bright light should be provided. If less optimum conditions for these factors are given, reduce light in order to prevent foliage burning.


A good constant air flow is essential at all times. Always try to maintain a strong root system - if you can growth and flower production will be maximised.

Oakeley notes these plants naturally grow as treeestrials in damp, lightly shaded woodlands in humis rich soil.


Lycastes and anguloas make good companions, both as to the species and as inter-generic hybrids. Both genera are well worth growing.


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