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A Rare and Beautiful Event: Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Tiger Orchid Blooms

It’s not every day that a tiger orchid blooms in Brooklyn. It’s not even every year. In fact, Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Grammatophyllum speciosum had only bloomed twice in its 13-year residence here—until now. The 300-pound tropical orchid has thrived since it was repotted in June 2010 and is now producing a magnificent display of 17 flower spikes and hundreds of yellow-and-brown-spotted blossoms. Even in its native habitat of Southeast Asia, the species blooms infrequently—reportedly once every two to four years. For a specimen to blossom in cultivation and at this latitude is a special event indeed. Don’t miss it.


  • Diane October 17, 2020

    I have one of these beautiful orchids , and I too am waiting for mine to flower. It is 6 ft so far in height. It went through a rough patch but after feeding it ground banana peels, I created a miracle and it has completely taken off. Along with full sun as much sun as you can give it.

  • Loi Nguyen Ngoc November 23, 2013

    I’m a Grammatophyllum speciosum lover. Congratulations on this beautiful event. I would like to know the way to bloom this tiger orchid. Many thanks.

  • jennifer Napoli November 30, 2011

    I saw the Tiger Orchid today in the Aquatic House.
    What a grand and beautiful orchid plant. Huge I think close to 8 feet long or more with branches of in full flower, orchids flowering fantastically. My compliments to the Orchid expert this is a delightful surprise.

  • Sarah November 16, 2011

    I visited last Friday and was pleasantly surprised to see that this orchid was in bloom! I posted about my visit (along with my photos) on my orchid blog, Brooklyn Orchids:

    I really want to come back and see the Tiger Orchid again, because when I went there were lots of buds that weren’t open yet!

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