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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; Many of you have seen me posting here and while I don't think of myself ...

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    Many of you have seen me posting here and while I don't think of myself as a newbie.... don't like the term "newbie"! Anyway, I seem to be having a problem with new growth rot on some of my Bulb/Cirrho. Specifically, Cirr. dentiferum seems to be extremely sensitive to water! Any cultural experience from those who aren't "newbies"? The new pseud bulbs begin to grow and then turn black.... a situation that is VERY upsetting to say the least!!!! I am trying my best to keep them dry but those little buggers get wet!

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    I'm no help Howard but I will be following this thread as I'm looking to get me first few bulbos.

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    I am a "newbie" @ this forum but have been growing bulbos for 5 years. What are your growing conditions like. Where? Temp? Light? Humidity? Medium?
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    Need more air movement and keep the plants drier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom-19951 View Post
    Need more air movement and keep the plants drier.


    I have fans going 24/7. I personally believe it is my watering technique. They are hanging in the GH and unless I physically take each one down and water it, it is hard to see exactly where the water goes.... so I have been taking them down.

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    ...but is it enough? I run my fans 24/7 too but I always find spots that get less air movement. Make sure the plants are dry by night-fall.

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    Thanks Tom. I NEVER water late in the day... almost always my watering is done by noon or sooner.

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    Howard, In my greenhouse conditions all of my Bulbos are either mounted or in baskets. I have 24/7 fans as well but not directly on them. Some hanging, some on the bench. They get misted every morning on sunny days, watered and fertilized weekly. I don't take them down to water just hit them with the hose. I've had them potted but all started to fail until I mounted them. I keep mine on the west end of the greenhouse. Find where they're happy and keep them there.

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    Jeff, the Bulbos you have hanging, I assume they are in wooden baskets or net pots??? What media do you use for the hanging plants? I understand your growing conditions aren't mine so the amount of watering etc will differ. I think for me the plants are not planted properly. I got all of them from "other people" and I think re-potting will help and planting them higher in the pot or basket or whatever will help.

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    My hanging ones are mostly on driftwood or treefern. I use either cedar or teak slat baskets. I place 1/4 inch hardware cloth (wire) in the bottom and fill the slats with moss to keep the medium in and lets the roots penitrate. I use a medium size bark, charcoal, pearlite mix. I'll get some pictures for you tomorrow and post them here.

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