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Ancistrochilus rothschildianus

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Rare. Ancistrochilus rothschildianus, a superb terrestrial species from East Africa, is named for Walter Rothschild of the famous British banking family. Walter had a series of greenhouses in Tring Park and was a devoted naturalist who spent his life developing the Natural History Museum.


Ancistrochilus rothschildianus has interesting pseudobulbs shaped like Hershey's Kisses, with two elegant leaves protruding from atop them, which are deciduous. In January, the large, fragrant flowers emerge, lasting 3-5 weeks. The complex and unusual fragrance of the 3" flowers is delicate, with sweet, citrusy overtones that almost conceal a slightly fishy note beneath.


We prefer to grow our Ancistrochilus rothschildianus in a well-drained medium, such as fine coco husk or coir, mixed with perlite, in shallow pots or bulb pans. They can also be grown in a bark mix. The potting medium should remain moist when the plants are actively growing, but the medium should be allowed to approach dryness between watering when inactive. It is quite normal for the leaves to die back when the plant is in flower. The bulbs will remain leafless for a time after flowering and new growth will emerge in late winter to spring. Allow the potting mix to turn just dry between watering when dormant. Otherwise water when the mix approaches dryness.


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