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The amazing Bulb. kubahense

Discussion in 'Orchid Culture' started by Ricardo, Jun 3, 2012.

  1. Ricardo

    Ricardo Slave of demanding bird

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    I just saw a photo of Bulbophyllum kubahense. It is amazing in its shape and color. Does anybody here has experience growing it?
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    goods Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    I believe it is incredibly rare, even in its natural habitat and very recently discovered. It's an orchid that desperately needs to be seed propagated as soon as possible to ease the demand for wild specimens, in my opinion.
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Goods, these have been available in flask for at least 10 months. I imported a flask last summer from Thailand.

    Ricardo, I am growing them warm (with bottom heat) and they are doing very well. Once the rhizome begins to elongate I'm not quite sure show I'll deal with it, but for the time they are potted in moss and seem very robust.
     
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    Ricardo Slave of demanding bird

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    Thanks for the information. I am sure then that they will do well where I live. All I have to do now is to wait until some appear for sale. I have a few types of Bulbophyllum but this plant is in whole league of its own.
    For anybody wondering what all the fuss is about, just take a look at this: http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2436584668/
     
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    OMG that is spectacular!
     
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    I second all superlatives said about this Bulbophyllum. Like you say Ricardo. Its in a league of its own.
     
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    Mount Prospect Orchids just got some in. $150 for a 2 bulb division.
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Are those mature plants? I don't see them on their website.
     
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    I'm not sure, they are recent arrivals. I would think they are adult bulbs but it needs to be verified.

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    Ricardo Slave of demanding bird

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    Wow! With that price tag I am sure people are trying to get seed pods from this orchid like there is no tomorrow.
     
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    They are adult divisions.

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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Thanks for the information, Nick.
     
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    I bit the bullet and got one. I guess it's dog food for the next month. It just arrived. It has 2 leaves which look more like typical Pleuro leaves than Bulbo leaves. No pbulb, a thin but hard rhizome, the leaves are 2 1/2" apart. It's a front end. The stalk is 2" and the leaf itself measures 5" x 2 1/2". Looks like a climber so I'll mount it.

    Helen at Mount Prospect Orchids tells me that she only bought 3 as they were expensive, she plans to keep one, one is here and one more is available. Let's hope it will do well. I'll keep you posted.

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    Hey Everyone I just want to let all of you know that we are bringing in 5 of these plants, all adult divisions. We will be keeping one of them so 4 will be available. If anyone is interested email, [email protected] or PM me and we will reserve them for you!!!
     
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    Marni, how are your seedlings of this species doing?
     
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    I will cut in front of goods!!!!!:D
     
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    They are growing really well. They haven't gotten leggy (yet) and the leaves are quite beautiful. I'll try and post photos soon.
     
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    I will cut in front of Tom DE!
     
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    Zack Will work for plants Supporting Member

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    Once the seedlings are available, I'll have to set up a terrarium for warm/hot grower, simply so I can grow this species.

    Unlike the others, I'll patiently wait in line.