This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V20", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
These have bulbs from two to five inches high, dark green, and have several plicate leaves from a foot to eighteen inches high.
Have yellow flowers about 1½ inches diameter. Lycaste cruenta has some red spots on the lip. These bloom in the spring, and have the odor of cinnamon. They are very good bloomers, and keep in bloom about three weeks.
Not very handsome flowers, greenish yellow and brown; lip white, with crimson spots and yellow crest. Blooms in the spring.
A very free blooming species, with creamy white flowers; lip, white and fringed.
This is the gem of the genus. The flowers vary very much in size and color. The bulbs are dark green, with two or three leaves from one to two feet long. Blooms mostly in mid-winter, but there are some varieties that bloom in Summer, when making their growth. I have a variety that blooms in Summer, and again in Winter from the matured growth. The flowers are from three to six inches diameter; the sepals and petals are from pure white to deep rose, and the lip, which is rather small, is white, blotched rose, pink or carmine. The blooms will continue good for over two months if kept dry. It will do well in a sitting room under a bell glass, as the gas will color the petals. No one can grow too many of this grand Orchid, and any one can grow it. It wants plenty of water at the roots when growing, and some at all times, and should be kept near the light. A temperature of from 50° to 60° from October to April, and then as cool as possible during the summer months. I had six plants in bloom at one time last winter, and all different.
There is a pure white variety, but it is scarce, native of Guatemala.