These are called Disa orchids, and they are originally from near Cape Town, South Africa. They grow in Mediterranean climates with very mild winters. Like Carnivorous plants, they grow in nutrient poor soils on the sides of streams, often times in pure spaghnum moss.
In the wild, they are found growing
side by side with Sundews (Drosera capensis). In cultivation, they like similar conditions as the Albany pitcher plant (Cephalotus) and the Cobra Plant (Darlingtonia).
They like morning sun and after noon bright, indirect light. A weak fertilizer solution during the fall and spring
growth helps produce huge flowers
. The key to keeping them happy is keeping the soil temperature below 85F.
They do best in pure long fibered sphagnum moss with a little bit of perlite mixed in. Transplanting is best done in the fall, when tubers form new plantlets. Medium likes to be as wet as possible at all times without constantly sitting in water (just imagine the side of a stream).
Anyhow, enjoy the photos!
Disa kew foam:
Another shot of D. kew foam:
D. 135-this clone typically produces huge flowers
and large plants:
D. kew foam x 135-looks just like kew foam, except check out the red stripe in the dorsal petal:
Another shot of D. kew foam x 135
D. 122 x casper x uni362-my favorite one:
D. 105X-nice round sepals: