Thursday, June 11, 2009

Lycaste aromatica

Lycaste aromatica - Photo by Richard LindbergThe genus Lycaste (Lyc) contains 52 species of epiphytes, lithophytes and terrestrials growing throughout the West Indies, Central America, Peru and Bolivia.

Lycaste aromatica grows in Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Honduras with a scent of cinnamon. It is cool to warm growing along rivers in oak forests.

I got this plant two years ago. When I took it out of the pot there was a pretty tight root ball. It was a couple of years overdue for repotting.

As I started to loosen the roots I found another root ball inside. The plant had just been up potted without opening the root ball. I did what I could with it, but major root damage in unavoidable when on orchid is allowed to get in this condition.

Eventually, all the roots rotted. Earlier this year when there were signs of new growth, I divided the plant into three pieces and hoped for the best since there were no live roots.

I am happy to report that all three plants are growing and blooming. With two leads and the pot already full, I need to re-divide this plant now so that the new growth will have room.

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