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Stanhopeas require a basket with wide mesh to allow the pendulous spikes to emerge from the bottom of the basket. A rich mix that will stay damp is ideal, using spaghnam moss, composted bark or similar, with liberal doses of organic fertiliser.
The genus ranges from hot tropical to cool mountain plants, so an idea of a plants origin can help determine whether it is grown warm or cool. The flowers, while short lived, are quite spectacular and very fragrant.
Adequate fertiliser will allow the plants to be grown in a sunny position, they are heavy feeders while in active growth.