Bulbophyllum sp. - Bulb-Leaved Orchid
Bulbophyllum is the largest genus of orchids, with over 2000 species, all with very unique and beautiful blooms. Bulbophyllum grow throughout the tropics across the globe and favor warm, humid environments. These epiphytic plants grow pseudobulbs along a creeping rhizome, and each pseudobulb usually grows one leaf (occasionally two leaves, as in Bulb. falcatum). With the right care, these orchids can bloom any time of year. Some species produce a single flower, but often the plants produce a cluster of flowers, and are truly a delight to behold.
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• Light: Medium to bright, indirect light. Too much direct sunlight can harm the plant.
• Water: This plant should never be allowed to dry out. These plants are grown in sphagnum moss that retains moisture to keep these orchids healthy. Water when top layer of sphagnum feels dry to the touch.
• Considerations: This plant doesn't like to have its roots disturbed. Be careful if you choose to repot. Although naturally an epiphyte, this plant does not grow well mounted in a home environment, as its watering needs would be difficult to maintain. To induce blooms faster, these plants appreciate high humidity, lots of air movement, and regular fertilization at a low concentration.
WHAT TO EXPECT
You'll get a healthy Bulbophyllum sp that meets our rigorous quality standards in your choice of species and pot size. No two plants are alike, and yours will have its own unique shape, size and personality; expect this natural variation from the photos.
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Bulbophyllum carunculatum var. aureum
Arrived perfectly packed, with heaters in the box and lots of care. I chose this species (from several available) because I thought my home environment was most similar to the species’ higher elevation native environment. So far, so good. It’s next to my dendrochillium in a shaded south-facing window, a foot away from the baseboard heater, and near a drafty exterior door. I have it nestled among some other plants to increase humidity, and I mist every morning. The potting medium (rock wool?) holds moisture really well, so I’m only watering about once a week. After having this plant four months, and three months in this location, it’s showing new growth - possibly flower spikes, but I’m trying to stay cool and not get overly excited. Fingers crossed! Otherwise, no change so it must be happy enough. Thanks Pistils for your awesome variety and quality of plants.
Great little orchid! It came wrapped up and with insulation in the box so I knew it was safe in the cooler South Dakota fall. Can’t wait to see what it turns into!