Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Bulbophyllum laxiflorum

Bulbophyllum laxiflorum - Flower photo by Richard LindbergBulbophyllum laxiflorum - Plant photo by Richard LindbergI got a dividable plant almost exactly a year ago. My plan was to break it up, sell some divisions and keep one. I put the pieces on a clay tray on a bed of pea gravel and a top dressing of sphagnum moss.

Bulbophyllum laxiflorum grows throughout Southeast Asia. It is warm to hot growing, very tropical. The flowers are fragrant and can occur any time of the year. A group of flowers radiate from the end of the spike forming a starburst effect.

Bulbophyllum laxiflorum - Plant photo by Richard LindbergThis community pot approach works fairly well in my greenhouse. I have since mounted a couple, lost a couple and potted a couple.

One of the potted divisions is about to bloom. It has done quite well. The newest growth is still maturing and the flower is coming from an older pseudobulb. I need to move the plant away from the edge or mount it. Bulbophyllums do well mounted, and since I expanded the area for mounted plants I have the space.

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