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Bulbophyllum culture

This is a discussion on Bulbophyllum culture within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I bought my first Bulbophyllums this weekend, I got a Bulb. ecornutum and Bulb. Daisy ...

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    I bought my first Bulbophyllums this weekend, I got a Bulb. ecornutum and Bulb. Daisy Chain x self. As these are my first bulbos, I don't really know their preferred conditions. So I'm appealing to those of you that are partial to these. I know there are several of you growing these, so someone help me out here

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    OK...well these Bulbos. need warmth! and of course, humidity. They appreciate bright positions and a slight cut back on the water after flowering, though they do not need a definite rest period. This little cut back on water will help the plant a lot, but only do it for about 2-3 weeks and maintain plant well watered after that. It kind of triggers it to start growing again.
    Apart from that they are pretty easy to grow, but again, make sure you keep them moist and in bright light (cattleya light).
    Hope that helps

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    It is a very large genus and some will take bight light and others will not. I even have one that is deciduous and looses all it's leaves in the winter. I grow most of mine with my paphs and the ones that like brighter light go with my stap-leafed Paphs. under 50% shade cloth. Dappled sunshine is safer than Catt light, IMHO.


    Bulbos are also heavy feeders, so feed them regularly. I feed them lightly once a week during growth and many are in continuous growth, others grow one new leaf a year. Yes, they appreciate good humidity and moisture. But some appreciates more moisture than others. I have some in Sphag, some on treefern mounts, some on cork mounts, some on wood mounts, some in treefern pots, some in small bark mix. I decide this on trial and error to a extent but I base some of it on researching the species and some on looking at the type of roots the plant has.

    Ecornutum grows in open areas up to 1300 m above sea level in Thailand, Sumatra and Java. It is in the section Sestochilus. Therefore, it can be cultivated in intermediate temps, light shade ( bright but not full sun) and high humidity.

    Daisy Chain is a primary cross of (Bulbo. makoyanum x Bulbo. amesianum.) It can take less water than ecornutum and if I did Bulbo hybrids, I would most likely mount this one.

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    Ok, thanks y'all, that's just what I was looking for

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