Monday, February 16, 2009

New growth spotted

Cirrhopetalum flabellovernis grows from India all the way to Indonesia. It is warm to hot growing.

I got the plant for a couple of dollars at the "Going out of business" sale for Petite Plaisance as a very large plant that had outgrown the mount. I removed most of the plant and left the remaining mount intact.

Now there are two leads developing, one on the back (you can see the leaf upper right) and one lower left. I am going to leave it as is for at least another year.

There is a trend of small growers going out of business. By small growers I mean those who grow most of the orchids they sell, not resellers. Increased heating costs and lower retail prices are the underlying cause. It is sad to see.

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