Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Mormolyca ringens

Mormolyca ringens - Flower photo by Richard LindbergI just repotted my Mormolyca ringens. I just sold one and this one was right up against the edge of the pot. I moved it to a larger pot but the lead was still a little too close to the edge. I removed the oldest pseudobulb and now I have to figure out how to handle it to get it to sprout.

The genus Mormolyca (Mlca) contains 6 small species growing in Central America and northern South America. Mormolyca ringens grows from Mexico down into Central America. It is warm to hot growing and does well in a basket. The plant can flower all spring and summer.

There are smaller orchids than this one, but it is the smallest backbulb I have tried to sprout. I am going to try something different. I am going to carve a groove in a cork mount so that the curve is facing up and wedge it in, along with a bit of sphagnum to hold some moisture. Then I will place it hot, wet and bright in the greenhouse like the other mounts.

UPDATE: I have mounted the backbulb now. I have a challenge that I can't get a plant started from the backbulb. The base of the backbulb is tight against the cork in a crevice with a single strand of sphagnum tucked underneath.

I don't claim 100% success with my backbulbs but I will take a challenge anytime. I will put the mount facing north half way from the top of the greenhouse. I'll let you know when it sprouts.