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This is a discussion on Bifrenaria Harrisoniae within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Looks so pretty! cheers, BD...

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    Looks so pretty!

    cheers,
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    Bumping an old thread. I was gifted this orchid 12 years ago from a colleague and told it was "like a cattleya". I left it with my father to take care of as it was struggling at my house at the time (not enough sun and too much dry heat). Fast forward 11 years and I find that its grown into a monster. I divided it up last year not knowing the genus, and have been watching it, thinking it was a cattleya, and then a stanhopea for months, only to discover yesterday thats its bloomed and is a Bifrenaria Harrisoniae!

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    Of the 11 divisions, I've been playing around with different locations to see which helps them bud and grow the best. There's not much info on the net about it that I can find so any help would be great! Here's what I've discovered so far:

    - They definitely like a bit of sun to bloom - the three I have blooming are on my back balcony and they get a light western sun (not too harsh as I live in the city of sydney as opposed to the hotter suburbs).
    - Of the divisions, the ones that are blooming are the ones that didn't grow many or any new back bulbs after division.
    - The one that bloomed the first also only has 3 pseudobulbs (going against theories they need 4-5 to survive), but may have been the newest bulbs from the original plant (hence the strange angle in the photo)
    - Also the random pseudobulbs that I couldn't make work with the divisions, I threw them in a pot in the shade and they've very slowly been growing new roots. Either way, they're not dying.
    - I've potted them in very aerated potting mix that doesn't retain too much moisture ---- Vendor information removed - see FAQs on Posting ---- and have only been watering them lightly, once a week if that.
    - Ants love them. Mealybugs love them. Also either a bunch of mealybugs or a fat caterpillar ate threw one of the fresh flower buds and cleaned it out from the inside
    - The flowers aren't as big as I thought they would be? It might be a dwarf variety, or perhaps because the bulbs are so limited. But all the buds are not massive across all the plants.

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    Very nice species and lasting too.

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    Thank you so much karenf! That is really good information. My Bifrenaria is also huge and needs repotting. I've been afraid to do it, but will split it and try a couple of different things to see if I can get it to bloom. It's been in moss in a hanging wooden basket - I'm afraid it will get entirely new situations, but lets shake it up a bit! I'll use the information you shared.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carolla View Post
    My Bifrenaria is also huge and needs repotting. I've been afraid to do it, but will split it and try a couple of different things to see if I can get it to bloom. It's been in moss in a hanging wooden basket - I'm afraid it will get entirely new situations, but lets shake it up a bit! I'll use the information you shared.
    Hi Carolla,

    Here's a pic of how badly overgrown my orchid was before repotting. It ended up taking me about 2 hours to break apart - I had to cut all the exterior roots apart, cut apart the pot inside, and then saw through and crack open the barrel of the orchids like breaking apart a rib cage :/ It was certainly a workout!

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    Here's a picture of the divisions I got at the end - as you can see they're all erratic angles due to how clumped they were in the pot. I'd sawn off key roots and cut away many parts, and all the divisions have still survived, and repopulated with back bulbs. They aren't as fast growing as a stanhopea, but they are slowly reclustering in their (too big) pots, so they're surprisingly hardy and resilient. I think unless you dramatically change their environment, they'll survive. It just take a while to get them back to the same blooming levels. I also haven't fertilised them yet but I will this year.

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    Wow! What medium are you growing them in? They look fantastic!

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