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A basket culture species, so that the pendulous spikes can grow thru the side or bottom of the basket. Stanhopeas seem to grow readily in a variety of medias, provided the media will stay damp but not soggy wet.
Provided the plants are well fed, they will take a fairly sunny position, and when in new growth, lots of water anf fertiliser will develop large plants. Stanhopea costaricense is an intermediate to warm grower from Costa Rica.
The flowers are large and spectacular, nicely fragrant.