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    Default any info on Isabelia pulchella?

    I just got one a little while ago that wasn't in the greatest shape but i've been plugging at it. It has a lot more and bigger leaves than when I got it a couple of weeks ago. I've found a couple care sheets on line but was curious if anyone hear had any experience and could answer a couple questions.

    !. Does anyone have any pics of what their entire plant looks like out of bloom? I've seen sonme pics online but most of them have a bunch of flowers obscuring the plant itself. my orchid seems like it has alot more roots than the ones online. It has roots that stick out up to 3 inches

    2. My orchid is a wild child. It is growing of the mount from numerous rhizomes. I read on one site that i can cut off peices that are 3 bulbs or more that are hanging off the mount. Ican start a new plant with these peices?

    3. Where does the flower grow from on the plant? Does it come from the top of the psuedobulb like the leaf does? Does it come from the leaf?

    4. Do the back bulbs ever get leaves or flowers on them again or are they just "batteries" for the active growth like an oncidium?

    5. Any tips anybody has? I dunk it in very weak (not even 1/4 strength)
    20-20-20 fertilizer twice a week and mist 2-3 other days when it starts to feel dry. I have it hanging in a philodendron above a buch of other plants so i think my humidity is o.k.

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    I'm in search of a new one as min passed recently due to rot.
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    When I do a web search for Isabelia pulchella I find many pictures that do show the plant well.

    Yes, a well grown plant in high humidity has many visible roots in all directions, and rhizomes with multiple pseudobulbs that trail off the mount.

    Yes, a section of rhizome can be cut to start a new plant. The larger the better, 3 is smaller than ideal, try not to take less than 5 mature pseudobulbs plus new growth coming on.

    The flower comes from the top of the pseudobulb, at the base of the leaf, just as most Cattleya alliance plants.

    No, old back bulbs will never get more leaves or flowers directly, but every one is a potential spot that a new rhizome can branch from, and they provide resource reserves that strengthen the whole plant.

    High humidity is the key with this plant. Your watering/fertilizing/misting/schedule seems ok as long as the base of the plant on the mount dries slightly between watering. If it stays damp near the mount rot can be an issue. If humidity is low - spider mites spider mites spider mites.

    There have been some for sale recently on that big online auction site that we are not allowed to name.

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