Saturday, October 3, 2009

Brassia Rex backbulb

Brassia Rex - Flower photo by Richard LindbergI am going to brag on this Brassia rex backbulb. It is a textbook case of how a backbulb should be in its second year.

Brassia Rex is the primary hybrid Brassia verrucosa x Brassia gireoudiana. It is a very popular fragrant plant, not too large to grow indoors and will bloom in a wide range of environments. It is a good first Brassia for your collection.

Brassia Rex backbulb with perfect rootsAt the beginning of the growth season the backbulb had a good new growth and some inch-long roots. At that point I removed the old pseudobulb and potted the new growth in limestone pieces.

This is the critical test of a backbulb grower. Sprouting is fairly easy, all you need to do is get out of the way. If I am going to kill a backbulb it is at this transition stage.

The second generation is starting being supported by a beautiful pseudobulb with a great set of roots.

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