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Finally, new growth on Bulb frostii

This is a discussion on Finally, new growth on Bulb frostii within the **NOT IN BLOOM** All Genera forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; I acquired my one and only bulbophyllum last August. It has been hanging in one ...

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    Smile Finally, new growth on Bulb frostii

    I acquired my one and only bulbophyllum last August. It has been hanging in one of the orchidariums.

    It had only lost a single leaf since I have had it. Nothing noticeable about its existence, couldn't really tell if it increased in size or did anything during that time.

    Yesterday, I finally found a new growth on it!


    I'll image it when I get home.

    A volunteer weed is growing from the mount. So far, I have let all these guys grow. What do others do with them? One turned out to be a fern.
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    Congrats in growth!
    About fern i read you have to removed it otherwise it roots will destroy orchids roots.

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    Wtg! Sometimes they just need a little time to get used to their new surroundings and care. I let some plants grow along with the orchid, since they can be an indicator of good conditions. When I repot, I remove the extra plant...usually fern, and give it a new pot of it's own. Hopefully your new growth will throw you some flower buds soon.

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    OK I was able to add the original image to the post above.

    This is today's image with the companion fern that grew:
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    And a closeup of the new growth (happens to be next to the fern).
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    congrats on the new growth, this species is a rather slow grower compare to other bulbo but their flower is fascinating to the eye.
    as for the fern..............i would just use a scissors to snip them off, nearest to the base possible, coz the fern in th epic seems rather developed. tugging it out might damage the roots of the frostii.

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    I am now thinking this is a spike growing. According to IOSPE, the spike is about 1 inch long when it flowers. So it won't be long till I know.

    Any thoughts?
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    Harvey,
    Looking like it won't be long, looking forward to the pictures!
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    Congrats - I'm looking forward to see the flowers too!

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    Hi Harvey. I like ferns and usually get them a pot of their own as soon as practical. That one looks like it could overwhelm the Bulbophyllum so I'd get it out of there one way or another. Hope you have a spike coming!

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    It is a new pb, here is the picture of it as it is today. Hopefully a spike will grow after the pb comes all the way out.

    As for the ferns, I am now planting them in the sphag moss I have in my terrariums to help keep the humidity up and for aesthetics. It helps make the orchidarium a bit more attractive. Maybe it will help hide some pots some.

    My local orchid nursery had a very mature bulb frostii in bloom, on display. It was quite impressive. And not 'nose aware' at all from a couple feet distance away. I didn't take a close up sniff.

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