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Bulbo dearei....How to grow them properly?

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    Default Bulbo dearei....How to grow them properly?

    I don't know what I was thinking when I bought this thing. I have never grown or even seen it in person before, but the vendor who sold me the D amethystoglossum won't give me a discount unless I buy two orchids from him. Well, it also went into the sphag and bag, and now one of the bulbs have now sprouted new growth and roots. At the moment all four bulbs are in a small plastic pot lined with sphagnum moss. If I have to pot them into their individual pots, any suggestions as to what type of pots and medium to use? Will they be better growing mounted or in basket or in pots? Any tips?? anybody? Thanks in advance.

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    Shallow roots. Grow warm and if mounted lots of humidity or water. The can grow in a pot but if you have high humidity they are better mounted. I lave mine at the lower intermediate light level and it blooms regular.

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    Mike, thanks for the info. I have to ask one more thing, how bright exactly is lower intermediate light? I am planning to grow this outdoors which could become VERY bright and hot in summer. Will it be happy among the catt, and dens? Or shall I grow it under the shade of the cymbidiums and brassia? That is where my Phal schilly spends its summer. Think these two could be good companions?

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    I have seen lobii (a very similar plant) grown near Catt light but that is typically too bright. I think next to your schilly or Brassia would be perfect!

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    I have a couple of them the lobii and a lobbi cross , one is in a basket the othes in shallow plastic containers , they are going in baskets, like to crawl around to much . I have them with the Phals. they get direct cooler am. sun then filtered . Check leaf tips for heat .I singed the tips on one of them . Gin

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    Thank you, Mike and Gin. I am going to buy the potting materials on Wednesday. Gives me an excuse to go and visit the annual HK flower show, I hope it will be warmer then, because its cold again !!!

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    Cool dearei - easy but a sleeper

    On the advice of experienced bulbo growers when I began to get into them a few years ago, I have grown all but two of the many I have with cattleya light. The only two exceptions are the echinolabiums which get even more light and the Cirrho.robustums (syn Bulbo.graveolens) which get bright phal. light. The dearei I got had one dead bulb and one half-alive in a little 3" pot. In 18 months the thing had two and a half new growths and was flowering. It bloomed again this past summer, a year later. If you do not have VERY high humidity, grow it in a plastic pot, a shallow one or if deep, add several inches of styro peanuts to the bottom. Put it in a loose water-retentive mix (I use my phal/phrag/paph mix, equal thirds promix (or coir - many growers use sphagnum), fine bark, and sponge rock. Never let it dry out and never let it get below 50 degF. I have to say I have had more blooming since I began using MI formula fertilizer.

    Dearei is a sleeper. I had no idea that, like some other plants, the flower goes to sleep at night. Folds up like a clam. Really cool!

    I have posted pics on my site of it doing its thing:

    http://www.orchidcourt.com/dearei.html

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    Tenman, thanks for the info, and the cool pics, I really appreciate it.

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    Well, as it turned out I didn't buy potting materials from the flower show. Instead, I bought a piece of chicken wire from our local hardware store and used some of the sphagnum moss I already have. The plant is doing fine, its growing fast .

    Here's a pic. I plan to add more sphag as the roots and the plant progress.
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    Tanya, what is that you've used to tie it up? Looks like ribbon?


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