Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Failed transition

Panarica brassavolae grows in Mexico, Nicaragua and Costa Rica in lower wet mountain forests. It is cool to warm growing and fragrant and blooms pretty much any time except winter.

The genus Panarica contains 6 species growing in Panama and Costa Rica. These were separated from Encyclia for technical reasons. Dry winter rest, good watering during the growing season.

These backbulbs came from repotting my larger plant, to move it away from the side of the pot.

The backbulbs sprouted fairly quickly. The new growth was coming along well. Then I made a fatal mistake. I moved it from the sheltered area to the general greenhouse population without checking the root development.

I really do know better, but the pseudobulbs were plump and growth was fast. Alas, the plant was just not ready.

Yesterday I had to throw the plant out. There was no doubt that this plant was dead, there was not a trace of green.

Problems started with water in the new growth. The new growth died and the pseudobulbs did not re-sprout. The green color faded.

It is tempting when talking about backbulbs to focus on the sprouting part of the process. However, it has been my experience that the transition back to being in the greenhouse is trickier.


  1. Hello Richard,
    This is an interesting post. You state that your mistake was not checking the root structure. Please elaborate on this--how far along would you expect the roots to be, in order to transition to the greenhouse?
    Thank you in advance for any additional info.,
    Ann Bujas

  2. I like to have roots more than an inch long and three or four roots. This particular group of backbulbs was also too deep in the pot because of their size.

    The water in the new growth was the trigger, but a strongly growing plant can handle water on it.

    This post will give you a better idea about roots.