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Bulbophyllum sanguineopunctatum Help and advice needed

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    Unhappy Bulbophyllum sanguineopunctatum Help and advice needed

    I ordered and received a seedling of the above plant - designated as near blooming size (within one year). It arrived in a 2" x 2" dark green plastic pot. The tag indicated that it was potted
    in July 2014. It is in a very dense moss. Here are some photos (I hope)

    Okay, for the life of me, I couldn't figure out how to post photos. I clicked "Manage Attachments" but no pop up window saying browse showed up. So you will have to trust me on this.

    It has 4 deliciously plump pseudobulbs, a new growth of some sort, looks like a root growing up out of the pot. Five leaves ranging between 8" long and 5" long.

    Finally the question....what do I do with it? LOL - re-pot into a hanging mesh basket - what size? I could use a vanda basket and put some wire mesh on the bottom? Media - Mixture of sphagnum moss and fine bark? Or, conversely do I mount it on a mossy pole of some sort. I know they like to stay moist all the time.

    Any and all input will be happily received, cause I am stumped!

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    I have 65 Bulbophyllums and all of them except 8 are mounted with sphagnum moss. In your bio you don't mention where you live or if you grow outdoors or indoors. A lot of what you do will depend on your environment, I am in south Florida and they love the heat and humidity and get watered everyday. What to pot them in or mount them on or what media you use will really depend on what you want, they can be done either way. I posted pictures of my bulbo setup in http://www.rv-orchidworks.com/orchid...bophylium.html so check it out for some possibilities.

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    I would concur with Jack. Growing them mounted is best way

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    These are 2 photos of my baby bulbophyllums. Sorry they're so gigantic! Well, Jack, you are one lucky man being able to grow in south Floriday - visited there and LOVED it. I on the other-hand live in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
    We can only boast about 6 weeks of hot and humid weather - July and the first two weeks of August - our temperatures are, on average 86-90F, but feel like 104F with the humidity. The rest of the year sucks. Central heating from about mid-September until May-ish. Winter temperatures are brutal - Jan and Feb - average -29F.
    So I grow indoors on a large deep windowsill in a south west facing window. I manage, by using 2 large humidifiers and two fans to circulate air. The humidity is from 60 - 75%, sometimes a little less in winter (closer to 60).
    I use different degrees of shading depending on time of year. It's a challenge! I grow Cattelyas, Psychopsis, Cymbidium.
    Phalaenopsis in a different room.
    So, any suggestions on re-potting my Bulbophyllum - they are amonst my favorites, but I hope I don't have one that smells like rotten meat, apparently some do!

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    Nice looking specimen! If it has been in that sphagnum since 2014 it needs to be repotted. What you repot into is up to you and your environment.

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    Yes, bulophyllums are know to have an odor, but if you have sinus problems like me you won't have a problem.

    If I was keeping my orchids year round indoors I would first decide how much time I wanted to spend on the care of my Bulbophyllum, if you mount you will probably have to water daily, if I were to put in a net pot with a mix of media you might only have to water every couple of days. You mentioned that you have two fans, that is good as Bulbophyllums like that air circulation. To repot you will need to take it out of the pot that it is in now and slowly remove the sphag, as I do this outside I will use the hose to wash off the sphag and not do damage to the roots, if your are going to put it into a pot use the next size up pot to do so. You might try to search on YouTube to see if there might be a video on repotting Bublophyllums. Good luck and post a picture when you are done.

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    Thanks, I am pretty much decided. I will mount on tree fern log and let her grow! I already have a Brassavola "Little Stars" that enjoys her daily shower, so what's one more. Besides, they look happier when they are allowed to ramble around, and it will lessen the need for potting up, which I don't mind, but since I haven't interview my subject on the matter, I reckon she would just like to do her thing. Stay moist, good air circulation and be happy. Wish me luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tigerkitty View Post
    Thanks, I am pretty much decided. I will mount on tree fern log and let her grow! I already have a Brassavola "Little Stars" that enjoys her daily shower, so what's one more. Besides, they look happier when they are allowed to ramble around, and it will lessen the need for potting up, which I don't mind, but since I haven't interview my subject on the matter, I reckon she would just like to do her thing. Stay moist, good air circulation and be happy. Wish me luck!
    We all wish you luck and expect pictures when you mount it.

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    Keep an eye on your humidity if you run AC. Right now mine is at around 30% so I have to set up wet pots. When I don't do that it can drop to 20%.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JDT View Post
    We all wish you luck and expect pictures when you mount it.
    If it's pictures you want, then it is pictures you will get. It will probably be the most un-professional job ever, but have googled my brains out of "how to" videos.

    Quote Originally Posted by Chris in Hamilton View Post
    Keep an eye on your humidity if you run AC. Right now mine is at around 30% so I have to set up wet pots. When I don't do that it can drop to 20%.
    Yes, it is brutally hot! I tough it out with no AC. Summer is so short, that I am okay with fans. . Call me nuts, but I even have the humidifier running in the orchid room - along with two fans for air circulation. My humidity is 68% and nice and breezy. My electric bill is going to be crazy!

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