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Bulbophyllum pleurothallidanthum

Discussion in 'Orchid Culture' started by Marni, Dec 9, 2008.

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  1. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I have been given a flask of this species and told that it grew in the same locality as Dend. tobaense. Since I don't do well with D. tobaense I'm not quite sure what to do. Does anyone grow this species or have any suggestions?
     
  2. Forrest

    Forrest Really Neat

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    hmm, well I would suggest trying some different culture on several different plants. For example, you could try a few in your intermediate house, and a few in mine. :D
     
  3. Karen

    Karen Species nut

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    HEH! Nevermind... :D
     
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    Marni, I had a plant of Bulbophyllum pleurothallidanthum arise amongst the roots of a Dendrobium tobaense. It was pretty small and I didn't even notice it for a couple years. Both plants did well but finally the bulbophyllum began to over-grow the growing point of the dendrobium, so I removed it. The bulbophyllum did well for a couple years then croaked even though I continued to grow it in the same conditions as the dendrobium. I don't think there's any mysterious symbiotic relationship between the two plants, but more likely I just picked a poor time to re-mount the bulbophyllum. I grow D. tobaense in IC conditions; maybe a little warmer. It doesn't seem to appreciate strong air movement or bright light.
     
  5. Jon

    Jon Mmmm... bulbophyllum...

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    What about water, Dale? I'm not familiar with the conditions necessary for tobaense. I really would prefer to have mine stay alive. TIA.
     
  6. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Thanks, Dale, now I know at least one reason why my D tobaense didn't do well (actually, they are now very dead after a long slow decline of several years). WAY BRIGHT.

    Did the Bulbophyllum seem to grow horizontally or climbing? If you identified it, it must have bloomed. Any photos by chance?
     
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    "What about water, Dale?"

    My plants are mounted and receive water almost daily.

    "Did the Bulbophyllum seem to grow horizontally or climbing?"

    Climbing. Andy Philips ID'd the plant for me.
    bulbpleurothallidspike.jpg
     
  8. Jon

    Jon Mmmm... bulbophyllum...

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    Thanks Dale.
     
  9. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Thanks, Dale, I like it. I hope I can grow it well.
     
  10. Jon

    Jon Mmmm... bulbophyllum...

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    Based on your culture, Dale, I moved my plant this morning. It was in a place that I never really observed, and the plant wasn't looking too hot. I hope it survives.
     
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    I presume you're referring to the dendrobium, Jon. I've talked to a few growers that have tried growing this species in a pot. It doesn't do well that way.
     
  12. Jon

    Jon Mmmm... bulbophyllum...

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    Yeah. Although this was growing pretty dry. I suspect it needs more water.
     
  13. Tom_in_PA

    Tom_in_PA I am not an addict

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    That Bulbo is very interesting....I like it

    Thanks for the picture Dale