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Orchid neophyte! Need help re bulbophyllums and more

This is a discussion on Orchid neophyte! Need help re bulbophyllums and more within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hi there! I'm an experienced gardener in several other areas but orchids are a whole ...

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    Britta is offline Junior Member
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    Default Orchid neophyte! Need help re bulbophyllums and more

    Hi there!

    I'm an experienced gardener in several other areas but orchids are a whole new vast delicious area that I've only just dipped my toe into!

    I recently bought some plants in Hawaii and can't wait for them to arrive this week. In the meantime, I went to a local nursey and purchased several more, including some bulbophyllums.

    Can they be propagated by just detaching the bulbs and roots and putting them in a new container? It seems a little too easy...and I've heard otherwise?

    I'm in Zone 8 in central Texas - completely topsy turvy weather but I do have a penchant for tropicals of all sorts...sigh... - is it helpful to keep a spritzer bottle handy to increase humidity when nature's not complying?

    Thanks so much for any help!

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    Welcome to the forum. I am not a Bulbo grower, but there are lots of them here and you can rely on their advice. We have several members in Texas who seem to do just fine!!

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    Default Don't be TOO tempted to divide your plants ...

    Hi! I LOVE bulbos and have had both success and failures with a number of them. First, take a look at this picture: Bulbophyllum lobii 'Kathy's Gold' FCC/AOS

    I had purchased a HUGE plant with about 50 p-bulbs going out in all directions. I cut off a section with 5 or 6 mature bulbs and tied it to the tree in the picture. It turns out that this particular species is a very fast grower.

    On the other hand my Bulbophyllum echinolabium is an extremely slow grower. I had purchased a plant with just 5 p-bulbs -- and I succumbed to temptation, breaking it into a 3-bulb division and a 2-bulb division. Needless to say the 2-bulb division bit the dust pretty quickly.

    In general, my personal guideline is to cut off sections with a minimum of 5 mature bulbs -- new growths appearing do NOT count. It would drive me absolutely NUTS when my mom would butcher a plant into one or two-bulb divisions only to see the vast majority die.

    Hope this helps!
    Last edited by WIS-Thailand; February 4th, 2006 at 04:00 AM.

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    Beautiful Bulbos. I hope my Kathys Gold looks half as good as yours not bloomed yet , I agree about not dividing . Enjoyed your pictures . Gin

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    I'm not much of a bulbo gal, but Kathy's Gold really is outstanding! Nice pictures!


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