Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Myrmecophila tibicinis update

A month or so ago I got a backbulb division of Myrmecophila tibicinis 'H&R' x 'Jean' in trade. Myrmecophila tibicinis grows from Mexico through northern South America. It is warm to hot growing, wants full sun and is fragrant. The plant is big and the spike can be as much as 15 feet long. Fun fact: the pseudobulbs are hollow with an opening at the base. In the wild there is almost always an ant nest inside them.

Myrmecophila tibicinis 'mounted' in a teak basket filled with pieces of cork bark

I have learned to pay attention when it is noted that a plant doesn't like to have the roots disturbed, so I wanted it set up so that I would not need to repot in a couple of years.

I was worried about the 15-foot spike. I have to move plants around when my Laelia anceps bloom and they are only 4 feet. It definitely needs to be in Lillian's greenhouse in Sonoma where there is much more room for that sort of thing.

Last but not least the plant has to look presentable, and there is no wall on which to hang a large mount. The basket will look better from all sides not just the front.

I think I know where the new growth will appear, but I am often wrong about that. It is sitting in one corner and I am going to try to get it to grow across the basket. When there is new growth I will make sure it is pointed toward the center of the basket and then wait for the flowers.

No comments:

Post a Comment