This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
This is one of the most satisfactory orchids we grow, and interesting and esteemed by everybody. It is so often mentioned in everyday literature that like the Banyan and Upas trees, children and people who know but little about plants, are by often-read descriptions familiar with its name and form. Our specimen is a goodly-sized one, in a 14-inch pot, with pseudo-bulbs as big as good Bartlett pears, and leaves four feet long, and it bears three or four flower-spikes every year. The first (those lowermost on the spike) blossoms open late in July, and others in succession, till October, and if one of the spikes be later than the others, as is usually the case, we may have Holy Ghost flowers till December.
Our plant is growing in a warm stove, in a compost of very turfy loam and sun-dried cow-manure and two-thirds of living sphagnum. We never dry it of;" but give water copiously in summer, and sparingly in winter, and keep the pot standing in a saucer filled with water all through the growing season, at which time we also give a little manure-water. The house, on account of the many kinds of plants it contains, is always moist and shady.