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    Default bulbo question...

    can anyone recommend a good one for a 1st attempt at bulbo growing?

    to give you all an idea of my conditions: im growing some paphs, a zygo, a phrag, 2 brassia-types, 2 psychopsis, 3 catt-types, 1 chysis, 1 paphinia, and a couple of noid phals. i think im doing reasonably well with my current chids (managed to flower the paphinia, one multi-floral paph, my 2 brassias, and the phals...and one of the psychopsis is in spike)

    any thoughts on a bulbo that i should start with?

    i saw a picture of bulbo. puditum, and i was completely taken in...would this make for a good beginner plant?

    oh yeah...how 'fragrant' is bulbo. puditum? (and is it the friendly kind of fragrant or the not so friendly kind?)

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    Is there a hard bulbo to grow?

    i couldnt stop my 3 from growing if i tried.
    my bulbo lobbii is one of my fastest growing orchids.

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    I have very limited experience with bulbos, but I can say that lobbii has a pleasant sweet fragrance. I'd stay away from anything called putidum. Too close to 'putrid', maybe it's not coincidence?

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    i couldnt stop my 3 from growing if i tried.
    thats great news, monkey! with that, im moving closer and closer to getting one. i dont know why, but the flowers on these plants just seem so much more exotic than those on other orchids -- maybe thats why im nervous about it.
    i would also love to own some draculas, but i dont think i have the conditions they like.


    I'd stay away from anything called putidum. Too close to 'putrid', maybe it's not coincidence?
    lol, jmoney! maybe its not a coincidence...
    im sure that there are growers out there that enjoy the, shall we say, unique smell of some of these flowers. im not sure if im one of them!

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    Bulb. putidum (aka Mastigion putidum) does indeed take its specific name from the latin base of our word putrid. I don't have first hand experience though, and that makes all the difference.

    For example, Bulb. echinolabium smells pretty bad. But only if you try to smell it. I only detected a scent within about 4 - 5". Smelled to me like moldy saltines.

    If you want to play it safe, a good starter option might be Bulb. Elizabeth Ann. Nice, showy blooms, hybrid vigour, and no special needs. And it doesn't smell at all.

    For nice smells, there's Bulb. ambrosia (honey scent) and Bulb. macranthum (cucumber and clove scent). Overall, though, the only ones with a really oppressive stench, in my experience, are the B. phalaenopsis types. So I don't think you have to worry too much, really.

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    thanks for the information, sue...

    its good to know that you have to really get in there and sniff to catch the odor. i just didnt want a plant with stanck so bad it makes my entire (tiny) apartment smell like rotten ... well, anything!!

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    I recently got the opportunity to smell flowers of Mastigion putidum (= B. fascinator), and I can say it is foul-smelling. It's a kind of mix between semen and rotted garbage (to my opinion). I grow M. putidum since 1 year but it hasn't bloomed yet.

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    [FONT="Palatino Linotype"]Hi, this is a good site thats all about Bulbos.
    I hope Im not breaking any rules since this site is non commercial(not a business), just an info site.
    http://perso.orange.fr/bulbo-and-co/...home_2pag.html

    When you click on the pics of specific Bulbos, it has a little key telling you conditions they like, and if they are malodorous(stinky) or fragrant (uummm Yummy!)
    According to this link, putidium has no ordor. http://perso.orange.fr/bulbo-and-co/...utidumpag.html

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    That's a very sexy site, Tindo!

    A bit slow to load, but stunning photography. Thanks!

    McJulie

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    I am SOoooo killing a bulbo.... it came to me mounted with leaves on every bulb-o *giggle*. The mounting spagh was falling off so I potted it. Almost all the leaves fell off of all the bulb-os. I remounted it and somewhere between the short potting and the new mounting, it put out 2 or 3 growths, but the mature bulbs are dying at a fast rate.... I just hate this bulbo... I'm going to bring it to my next orchid society meeting and ask someone to take it off my hands.... UGH!!!!!!

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