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Bulbophyllum phalaenopsis

Discussion in 'Orchid Culture' started by annabanana1987, Sep 29, 2014.

  1. Daethen

    Daethen Orchid Mom

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    My advice, patience.
     
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    annabanana1987 Active Member

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    I can almost guess that these small guys will take lots of years to bloom ! But since the smell is not so good.. ill be ok with that! I like the bulbs and the long leaves !! So i want to learn the growth there's next to nothing documenting this guy for me to find :) I might do that! Its an incredible
     
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    Thank you sir ! I still need to send you a thank you card ! Im getting there :)
     
  4. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    No card necessary. You have said thanks many ways and times.

    As for ideas on the B. phalaenopsis ... I haven't grown this species. However I am growing a B. macrobulbum which is in the same section. I have grown it from a back bulb I got from Hortus Botanicus in Fort Bragg, CA. It is a beautiful plant now but has not bloomed yet. I grow it mounted on cork bark with no moss or any other moisture retention material at the roots. I grow it in medium bright light, and intermediate temps. It gets daily summer water but dries quickly. So, grown a little brighter and drier than most Bulbophyllums it is doing well for me. If you don't mind I'll post a photo on this thread so you can see how it is growing.

    BTW, may I correct your title spelling so it can be found in searches?
     
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    Thank you again Kelly ! And yes post a pic !
    Btw what did I spell wrong sorry
     
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    Im go to try it a few ways! mounted , in basket , left alone, in moss and in a clay pot? I have five ..
    Kelly are are my guru ;)
     
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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    This one is B. macrobulbum. IF it grows similarly to B. phalaenopsis then this might help. You can see how the roots are thriving on the bare cork, wrapping around and attaching to the back as well. I must have nestled the original back bulb in sphagnum to encourage rooting because there is a little still there.

    Bulbophyllum macrobulbum roots2-800.jpg Bulbophyllum macrobulbum-800.jpg
     
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    Awesome!
     
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    Keep it moist and warm. Make sure it's got good air circulation.
     
  10. Daethen

    Daethen Orchid Mom

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    Love it, Kelly.
     
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    I bought a seedling of Bulbophyllum phalaenopsis at the WOC in Vancouver 25 years ago. The plant took two years to establish to my conditions. I have since split it several times to stop it fron taking too much space in my greenhouse. It flowers regularly.

    For my part, I would suggest hanging it in a basket high up near the roof taking into account the future growth and length of the thick leaves which will take full sunlight, even turn a purple -red colour. The thing to remember is, that when these plants are in the growing stage (new leaves forming) they will take as much feed as you can give them. The bulbs can grow to the size of a large grapefruit and the leaves up to four feet long and up to nine inches wide. As far as the fragrance is concerned, personally I don't think that is is abnoxious as people point out. Hope this helps.
     
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    Very helpful♡ thank you
     
  13. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Anna, I just stumbled across this post from 2014. Do you have an update for us? I would be very interested in what worked for you with these little guys.