Galeandra dives  by Don Franzen  Galeandra dives is found in Colombia, Venezuela, French Guyana, Guyana and Suriname in the lowlands of those countries. In spring and summer it grows there in warm to hot humid conditions, while during the remainder of the year conditions are drier and less humid providing a rest period before the onset of the next growing season. The pseudobulbs are left leafless after flowering is completed in late summer, but they remain covered in the residual papery bracts after the leaves fall. I grow my plant in high light conditions, where it gets about 45 percent shade, with regular watering and fertilizing in the growing season from the time of appearance of the new shoots, and much less in winter. It seems to grow well in a mix of super coarse perlite and peat. The new inflorescences appear in spring, with flowers emerging by the end of November to early December. The flowering period lasts quite a long time, commencing with a first flush of flowers which last only about a fortnight or so. Following that, one to three fresh branches start to appear lower down the original inflorescence which then develop many fresh flowers. These secondary flowers seem to last longer than the first ones, at more than three weeks. The flowering on the plant at the January meeting was in fact such a secondary flowering. Often, on the loss of the secondary flowers, still more branches appear from lower down on the original inflorescence and a further flush of flowers appears. The flowering of the plant can therefore last up to 2 or 3 months. To me the rewards of growing Galeandra dives are very significant given the display of flowers and the extended period during which they can be enjoyed. Dendrobium bracteosum  Dendrobium canaliculatum Dendrobium hodgkinsonii Dendrobium ruckeri Dendrobium williamsonii Dimerandra buenaventurae Eria albidotomentosa Eria lobata Galeandra dives Hoffmannseggella fournieri Isabelia pulchella More Articles