The young Calanthe shoots appear and fully deploy their leaves as of April. Their flowering is optimal in May. Following the flowering, the foliage, fairly persistent, remains green at least until October before fading and disappearing completely. Calanthes then go into their winter dormancy. The faded leaves can be cut, preserving a stem height of 5 cm. Certain species present persistent foliage all year round.

Over the years and following the successive growth and dormancy cycles, Calanthe not only become stronger but also multiply, thanks to the annual appearance of new shoots.