These orchids are native to Central America and can be grown in USDA Zones 9-11 outdoors. They prefer semi-shade and regular water.
In cold regions, Prosthechea cochleata (Cockle Orchid) can be grown successfully in pots, either outdoors in the summer or indoors in the winter. To ensure success, the plant should be given plenty of humidity. It is important to provide sufficient drainage and light for the plant, and to ensure the soil does not become overly dry between waterings.
The flowers of Prosthechea cochleata are small but attractive, and come in shades of pale pink, yellow and green. The unusual shape of the flowers, resembling an octopus, is one of the main attractions of this orchid. The blooming season lasts from late spring to early summer.
Overall, Prosthechea cochleata is an unusual, low maintenance plant that can bring a unique touch to a garden or home. It is easy to grow and care for, and can provide months of enjoyment with its unusual flowers.