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Cirrhopetalum Elizabeth Ann 'Buckleberry'

This is a discussion on Cirrhopetalum Elizabeth Ann 'Buckleberry' within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hello all, I don't do Bulbos and have no experience in this area (though I ...

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    Default Cirrhopetalum Elizabeth Ann 'Buckleberry'

    Hello all,
    I don't do Bulbos and have no experience in this area (though I love their strange shapes) but I have Cirrhopetalum Elizabeth Ann 'Buckleberry' in bloom now (3 spikes).

    I grow it inside my house in a basket with sphagnum moss. The plant is pretty large but bloomed this year for the first time ONLY on psbs that had outgrown the basket with only a few roots attached to the outside.

    My questions are:
    --have you noticed this on your plants?
    --am I to understand that as for some Cats & Laelias only those psbs that are outside the basket will send forth a spike?
    --if that is the case should I train the coming psbs to grow outside the basket as a kind of garland?

    Thanks and happy growing.

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    Wentworth, it might be that the growths inside the basket were just not mature enough to bloom yet, and the mature growths just happened to grow outside of it, on the perimeter. I don't think that being inside or outside the basket has much of a bearing on whether a particular growth will bloom, unless conditions inside the basket are being kept too wet because of the sphagnum.

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    I think it is because the plant is not being disturbed everytime it leaves the pot ,or basket . I have 3 Bulbos. , they were little when I got them and in pots , no way would they stay in the pots . I moved them to baskets awhile back . Gin

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    Hi Wentworth,

    I have a Sunipia bicolor (which used to be called a Bulbophyllum). Anyways, it pretty much rambles all over this square plastic pot that I have and I like things neat and tidy so I always train the p/b back into the pot... anyways, just noticed this week that it is sending out an inflorescence and it is on a p/b that is on the edge of the pot.. but all it's roots are still in the sphagnum moss. So I guess it must be a maturity thing and a bit of a condition thing... the edge of the pot would dry out much faster than the middle as there are holes on the side of the pot.

    good luck with the bulbos, I am getting into them lately and want more and more and more....


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