Friday, August 20, 2010

Rhyncholaeliocattleya Autumn Mist 'Nostalgia'

Rhyncholaeliocattleya Autumn Mist 'Nostalgia' sprouting after almost two years

One of the plants in the worst condition when I started maintaining the Sonoma collection was this Rhyncholaeliocattleya Autumn Mist 'Nostalgia'. It was over-potted and had bugs on it. When I removed it from the pot I found that there were hardly any live roots. There was one leafless pseudobulb that looked as if it might sprout.

Rhyncholaeliocattleya Autumn Mist 'Nostalgia', the original lead divisionThis plant could easily have been sent directly to the yard waste can but I decided to give it a try. It is Cattleya Roman Silver x Rlc Malworth, Registered by Sea God Nursery in 1996. In my opinion, any plant from Sea God Nursery is a collectible plant.

The obvious first step was to remove the youngest pseudobulb which was the lead and pot it in rock to sprout. After a time it did, and the picture on the right shows it about a year ago, nicely developing into a new plant. Still a couple of years from blooming but well on its way.

At the same time as the lead was removed, the rest of the plant was returned to the original pot with rock instead of bark. This was not because I thought it would sprout but because I don't throw much away if it is green at all.

An example of the strong survival instinct in orchidsIt is now almost two years later and over that time it has got progressively more dead looking. It is not completely brown but hey, what could happen from that?

This is going back in the pot of rocks. I will leave it exactly as I found it. Where it could be drawing energy I have no idea. The roots are too small to be effective. I will watch it more closely and when the roots have developed to more than an inch, maybe two, it will stay as a backbulb. If I remove it too soon I decrease the chance that it will continue to develop.

1 comment:

  1. Good information! I think I have been guilty of transferring them too soon. i.e. before the roots are functional.