Orchid of the
Whenever I Get Around to It Week is back today with Tolumnias! In my most recent post I bragged about one of my Tolumnia plants being in spike, so I thought now would be a good time to feature this pretty mini orchid. Tolumnia blooms come in a variety of bright, cheery colors like this specimen that I saw at the NYBG’s Orchid Show earlier this year:
These Caribbean natives were known as equitant Onciciums until the mid-1980s, when they were reclassified as Tolumnia. They are very compact plants—just a scant 3 or so inches tall—that can be grown in the home, either potted or mounted. The two in my collection are potted: one in charcoal and the other with no medium at all. These orchids like high humidity and almost daily watering, depending on the medium. At the very least, I mist my Tolumnias daily and usually end up watering them at least twice a week. To be honest they would probably do better with a full on watering every day or two.
Let’s take a look at some photos of these adorable little orchids!
The plant itself looks interesting, with long, sharp-tipped leaves that are almost pyramidal in shape rather than flat:
When I did a Google Image search for Tolumnia, I found this cool display of several blooming Tolumnias hanging from a chain. Love this idea:
As for the scientific classification, it goes like this:
So there you have it. Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Happy Festivus, Kwanzaa, Yule, or whatever else you celebrate!