Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Cirrhopetalum makoyanum x aurem mount

Cirrhopetalum makoyanum x aurem - Photo by Richard LindbergCirrhopetalum (Cirr) contains 150 species growing in Asia east of India on to the Pacific islands. This group was separated from Bulbophylum because of the fan of flowers, I think. Grow them in a wood basket or mounted.

This hybrid is sometimes sold as the species Cirrhopetalum makoyanum. I think it has a nicer inflorescence than the species.

Because of space considerations I have been trying to grow this in a pot with mixed results. It grew very well in bark but had to be undisturbed because the roots are short and it pulled out of the media easily.

plant before it was mountedI mounted this yesterday. If it looks oddly placed it is because there is a new growth starting on the top pseudobulb that is pointing back to center.

I have found that it is a good idea to wait until there is a new growth to decide how to mount a plant. This is not only because this is the best time for any repotting, but because it cannot be predicted what direction a new growth will take. In a pot, one can always move the plant in a year to make the adjustment. With a mount this is not as easy.

This plant is excess and will be sold eventually, but I am going to keep it at least until the next pseudobulb matures.

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