Recently divided blooming size plant in a 3" net pot. They may flower this year under ideal conditions but most likely will not flower until next year.
This is one of the biggest flowers in the genus Dracula. From top tip to bottom tip these flowers regularly reach 7"! The creamy white sepals are covered with red markings. Hairs cover the sepals but are especially prominent around the margin of the flower. To top it off, the hinged lip is huge and curves up around the edge to form a pouch. Each flower spike will produce 2-6 flowers in succession over a period of a couple of months. Flowers late summer-winter.
The 16" flower spikes will emerge from around the margin of the plant as well as out of the sides and bottom of the basket and the flowers face down. Must be hung because of the flowering habit.
Here at Orchids For The People we love our Draculas! This group of orchids is one of the reasons the boss initially became interested in growing orchids. When a professor of his told a story of Dracula vampira, no one in the class believed anyone could give a plant such a crazy name. After a little research (this was before orchidspecies.com!) he found out low and behold there was such a thing. Thus began a thirty-year excursion through the orchid world.
These plants are wonderful to own if you can give them what they want. Dracula culture is simple; cool, moist, and shady. Minimum low temp of 46 degrees F and a high of around 85. Anything over 80, keep the plant really wet. We like to water them morning and evening at least a couple of times a week in the summer. Folks with greenhouses that have swamp coolers grow them directly in front of the cooler. We give our plants lots of light in the winter and lots of shade in the summer.
The nice thing about this group is if you can grow one Drac you can pretty much grow them all. Like they’re cousins the Masdevallias, when these plants are happy they grow like weeds and are prolific flowerers.
With very few exceptions, these plants flower out of the side or bottom of the basket. Regardless of how the spike emerges, we grow all the plants of this genus in net pots.