Saturday, May 29, 2010

Lc Pacific 'Red Fountain' x C Summer Stars 'Circassian Angel'

The first year the plant survived. The second year it is coming back strong.This Lc Pacific 'Red Fountain' x C Summer Stars 'Circassian Angel' was one of the sickest plants in the Sonoma collection when I started taking care of it a year and a half ago. It had a lot of bugs on it and it was in a pot far too big for it. When I took it out of the pot I didn't find any live roots at all.

I trimmed the dead roots to about an inch and a half. I left that much to help hold the plant in place. After it was cleaned and any brown parts removed, the plant went in a small pot with lava rock. Then I put it with a group of other rescues and waited.

Rodriguezia decora - Flower photo by Richard LindbergNice roots are developing in the second growing season since rescue.When I saw a strong new growth last week I peeked at the roots again and this time found a good amount of actively growing roots. Now I will trim off a couple of the original pseudobulbs that have turned brown and finish removing the dead roots. After that it will go into a small pot in fir bark.

Orchid rescue is not a fast process. It often takes two or three years, sometimes longer, to bring a plant back to blooming. An orchidist must get enjoyment out of the growing process to make this worthwhile. I enjoy the flowers, but for me, flowers are an award a plant gives me for good care.


  1. I too enjoy watching the roots and new leads developing almost as much as the blooms. There's something mysterious about how the roots appear.

    I have some new leads showing up some rescue cattleyas. Will new roots normally form after the new pseudobulbs? i.e. pseudobulb first; then roots later?

  2. Yes, the pseudobulb will start to form but roots follow soon after. Usually the top will look like there is more going on than the roots indicate.

    One of the nice things with rocks as a medium is the ability to peek my moving only a couple of rocks.

  3. This is something I really enjoy - watching a newly acquired young plant getting new growth whether it be roots or leaves. It is an exciting process and the flowers are the icing on the cake.