Thursday, April 25, 2013

Might I Suggest The Samurai Orchid in Coconut Coir?

Colored Neofinetia in a japanese orchid arrangement
Japanese orchid arrangement with the Samurai Orchid (top)

Neofinetia falcata is the Samurai Orchid.  This miniature orchid is stately-looking and highly fragrant. It’s worth a try at growing with a little coconut coir in the orchid mix  if you are a newbie orchid grower.  Coir is the fibrous hairy material that surrounds older brown coconuts.

The plant is native to Japan and was a symbol for Samurai warriors who decorated their swords with paintings of this tiny plant. 

It's one of the few orchids that looks good even when it's not in bloom.

There are new varietals of Neofinetia falcata on the market, many with colored blossoms or variegated leaves.  But the traditional plant with white blossoms and sword-shaped darker green leaves is a mini sight to behold along with its heavenly scent.

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