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bulbo blooms

This is a discussion on bulbo blooms within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; how long do they last? is it variable from plant to plant? or are they ...

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    how long do they last? is it variable from plant to plant? or are they all short-lived? thanks!

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    I've never grown one but, from my reading, they seem to be pretty short-lived. Maybe Sue, Jane, or Forrest can tell you with more authority.

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    Yes, ditto to what Lja said.

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    Its variable from plant to plant, and also species to hybrids. I dont know of any that last like Phals or Paphs, but there are some with a decent flower lifespan. longisimum lasts a few weeks to a month for example.

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    thanks, everyone! im just trying to weigh pros and cons for getting one (or two). ive read that they can be sprawling growers, and if their flowers dont last that long, i dont think its gonna be worth the window space.

    forrest - what do you think about the bulbo blumei? does it stay fairly compact?

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    I have one bulbo (lobbii) that bloomed a long time ago. I can't say for certain, but I don't remember it being that short-lived--at least 2-3 weeks if not more. Very pleasant fragrance too, and not big at all.

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    Of my Bulbos (lobbii, lobbii x leysianum, graveolens, guttulatum, sikkimense, macraei, brevistylidum, cornu-cervi and echinolabium) the only one that has a sprawling nature is the brevistylidum. So there *are* compact ones out there. You just have to do the research. Email the vendors for recommendations. That's what I did.

    Just don't ask me about blooming them....lol. In my short *career* I've yet to bloom one. Otherwise I think they're the cutest things....

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    I am not sure about blumei, as I dont have one. If memory serves however I do believe it is fairly compact, all of course depending on your definition of compact.

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