Remarkable plants that are grown for their curious flowers as well as their fine leaves. The flowers are often used in combination with orchids. Their cultivation is very similar to that of many of the orchids. Whoever grows a few of the latter should grow A. Scherzerianum. The flowers of this well known species last in perfection two or three months.
They are from the West Indies, Central and South America. A moist, hot atmosphere suits them and they require an abundance of water in spring and summer. In the dark, cold weather less water is needed but the temperature should not go below 65 degrees at any time. The compost for potting them should be about like that suited to our terrestrial orchids: equal parts of peat, turfy loam, fresh sphagnum, broken charcoal (not powdered) or broken crocks. Fill the pot one-third full of clean broken crocks and then distribute the roots carefully among the compost, keeping the crown of the plant two or three inches above the rim of the pot, and cover the surface with fresh sphagnum.
There are a great number of species, all beautiful and curious and worthy of a place in every collection of hothouse plants. A. Andreanum and A. Scherzerianum are grand sorts for cutting.