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How to: divide upside down orchids

Was your upside-down orchid (Stanhopea tigrina) unproductive this year? A few years ago our Stanhopea treated us all with only five flower spikes, instead of the usual 30!

We checked it out and found the basket lining had disintegrated and the pine bark mix had completely decomposed. It was time to divide and conquer!


Graham got busy dividing our Stanhopea, relining the baskets and replenishing the potting mix. It's an easy method for ensuring a stunning floral display next year.



Halve the plant by forcing it apart with two garden forks.

Trim the roots.

Line a wire basket with sheets of paper bark (this allows the flower buds to press through).

Fill basket with orchid potting mix and water in.


Photo - Linda Ross


Stanhopea trigrina x oculata