Thursday, October 8, 2009

Osmoglossum pulchellum

Osmoglossum pulchellum - Flower photo by Richard LindbergOsmoglossum pulchellum - Plant photo by Richard LindbergUnless there is a good reason not to, I repot new plants soon after I get them. Yesterday I repotted this Osmoglossum pulchellum that I got at the SCOS BBQ about 10 days ago.

Osmoglossum pulchellum grows in Mexico down into Central America in mountain forests above 3500 feet. It is cold to warm growing, very fragrant and blooms in the fall and winter. When spikes appear, set a stake since it will need support.

The plant had almost 20 pseudobulbs and two leads. It had the potential to make two very nice divisions. At least that was what I intended to do until I saw the roots. The idea that you can tell nothing about a plant from just looking at the top proved to be true one more time.

Two lead divisions. The rest are backbulbs.When I got the plant out of the pot I found that there were no live roots except for a few roots on the new growth. These were not enough roots to support the whole plant. I decided to treat this as a rescue and to maximize its potential.

After I removed the two new growths along with three pseudobulbs each to form a minimal division, I separated the rest into backbulbs. I have found that I can end up with more sprouts by doing one or two backbulb pots. The divisions are in bark while the backbulbs are in small pots half filled with rock pieces and tightly packed sphagnum on top.

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