Over the weekend, I did a few more plantings for my weekend farm.
In Southern Luzon, tiger orchids are very popular. Its scientific name is Phalaenopsis schilleriana. These orchids captivated me as kid. It had leathery leaves that reminded me of elephant ears and its leaves were stripped with silver and purple. These never flower in the lowlands since they need cooler temperature to bloom, but a lot of people still keep them anyway.
I was fascinated growing them since its leaves and roots looked wild.
This tiger orchid, Phalaenopsis schilleriana, is definitely more common. It produces pink flowers that sometimes smell like cotton candy. I’ve planted a lot of these in the coffee trees and I want to plant more because the coffee trees will look like cherry blossoms when these are in bloom.
The other tiger orchid is the less common Phalaenopsis stuartiana.
I saw a few plants of Phalaenopsis stuartiana at the sunday market a few weekends ago, so I bought two plants.
Instead of pink flowers the Phalaenopsis stuartiana has white flowers. When not in bloom, it’s close to impossible to distinguish it from the more common tiger orchid (Phalaenopsis schilleriana)… but I noticed that this plant might have rounder and greener leaves.
Last week during my weekend farm visit, I planted the two Phalaenopsis stuartiana plants on their coffee trees.