Alamania punicea is an uncommon miniature orchid species, with striking red flowers. A high elevation native of Mexico, we have grown it outdoors in the shadehouse and in our indoor LED grow light cool area.
While it was accepting of the temperatures outdoors, it has grown better for us in the higher humidity (60%+) of the cool growing area (minimum nights of 50F/10C). There it hangs hangs just above the Dendrobium vexillarius and alongside our Barkeria mounts and a few Mexican Laelia. Another grower in our area grows Alamania punicea in an unheated greenhouse, though he probably has a bit warmer temperatures and more onshore flow from the ocean (humidity) at his location.
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