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We remove some of the soil when we ship. There are usually no issues with a plant out of soil or kept dry for a week or more. When you receive your plants, put them into a pot with moist soil. Give the roots opportunity to reachdown for water. Please check to see if your plants should be watered at the time of year you purchase. Some don't get a lot of water in winter and some not a lot of water in summer. How often you water depends on how quickly your soil dries out. Most important, don't overwater. Water well and allow your plants to dry out. The photos on our website represent what plants look like when growing. We are not selling the plant in the photo. Whether your plant has flowers depends on whether it is flowering at that time. A pot may be one large plant or more than one plant. Plants grow at a different pace and different sizes so if you order 2 plants coming out of the same size pot, they may not be the same size.

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Eulophia petersii
Desert orchid

From Mark Dimmitt and Tucson Cactus & succulent society website: Eulophia petersii is one of the most desert-adapted orchids. It grows from Namibia to the southern Arabian Peninsula. As a succulent, it stores water in its large pseudobulbs, thick rigid leaves, and an ample system of fleshy roots. 3- to 6-foot tall racemes bear hundreds of 1-inch brownish flowers with twisted petals. Eulophia petersii will grow best in a deep because they have a big root system. Use a coarse, well-drained succulent mix. Water heavily in summer but allow to dry out.† Coming from Arabia, they can go months without water, especially during the cool season. It is tolerant of temperatures from well over 100 F to freezing. All-day sun is a bit too much in summer; the plant will look much better in very light shade. To ensure flowering, give the plant a cool, dry winter rest. While it can tolerate down to freezing or even a few degrees below under a cover, it tends not to flower after a cold winter outdoors or in an unheated enclosure. I keep my plants in a cool greenhouse with night temperatures about 45-50 F. Watering during winter also seems to inhibit flowering. I donít water my plants at all from November until March. Plants are vigorous and will grow into large clumps that bear a dozen or more inflorescences. Repot or divide as needed; the best time is in late spring after flowering and when new growths are several inches tall. Single-bulb divisions will establish well, but three-bulb divisions will make normal-sized new growth and usually flower the very next year. Note: Verdins and goldfinches are fond of eating the flowers. If you have many of these birds, you may want to protect the plant when itís flowering.
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