Fredclarkeara = (Catasetum x Clowesia x Mormodes).
Fdk. After Dark ‘Black Pearl’ FCC/AOS is one of the few truly black orchids in existence. It is a hybrid between Mormodia Painted Desert and Catasetum Donna Wise. Each pseudobulb can produce 1-3 inflorescences. Inflorescences are semi-pendant to pendant, 12” – 20” long, and can carry up to 25 flowers each.
As with most Catasetinae these are easily grown and flowered when given bright light and a distinct dry rest period. Plants should be kept in relatively small pots. Plants begin growth in March – May. During the growing season they like copious water but prefer to dry out between. Plants flower as each new growth matures, but some flower with the new growth. Plants will mature their growths August – October. At this point cut back on water. When the leaves have completely fallen off only water enough to keep the pseudobulbs from shriveling. The following season wait until the new growth is about 2” – 4” tall with developing roots before beginning to water normally. This is usually the best time to repot. Repotting when the plants are early in their active growth and when the roots are still short. Plants grow well under Cattleya levels of light but will proliferate and flower better under stronger light.
Size: Near Blooming Sized ( it will bloom next growing season)
Growing conditions: Warm