This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V21", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
A very beautiful and showy orchid from Guatemala. The flowers are of large size, about six inches across, of a beautiful purple and bright crimson color; only one flower is open at one time, but then as one decays another soon follows. The plant requires plenty of pot-room and good rough fibrous peat for the rather succulent roots to grow in. During the season of growth plenty of water should be supplied withholding as the growths ripen, but do not allow the plant to get so dry as to injure it by allowing the shoots to shrink. Look out for scale or any other insects on the leaves as this is one of those plants which is much easier to keep clean with an occasional sponge than destroy the insects when once they get a foothold.