Sunday, January 16, 2011

Brassanthe Maikai

Brassanthe Maikai backbulb root development - Plant photo by Richard LindbergThe Sonoma collection had an overall challenge when I took over maintenance. Many of the plants were over potted and were declining. The Brassanthe Maikai was one that was not an emergency but still needed to be re-potted. I removed it from the pot in October 2009, a little over a year ago. There were three leads with some live root and a two-pseudobulb division with no live roots at all.

Brassanthe Maikai is Brassavola nodosa x Guarianthe bowringiana. Renamed from Bc Maikai, it was registered in 1944.

The original Brassanthe Maikai dead roots - Plant photo by Richard LindbergThe backbulb division went into a 2-inch pot and went into the hospital section of the greenhouse where it got some light and splashes of water. I saw that it had started to sprout and took it out of the pot this morning. I was very pleasantly surprised by how much very nice root had developed.

I will trim off the dead roots that were left on before to help hold the backbulbs steady. Then I will put it back in the same pot, this time with the new growth in the center of the pot and fir bark over peanuts as the medium.


  1. Richard, maybe you explained in an old post - what exactly is the Sonoma collection - a mixture of your plants and someone else's? a collection you inherited? A collection you're caring for temporarily?

  2. In the summer of 2008, one of the members of the our orchid society died suddenly. He and his wife were well known and active in the society, but he was the orchid collector.

    After only a short time the orchids started to go down hill and I went to see what could be done. I have seen this before, where what is supposed to be a remembrance of a loved one becomes a sad burden as the plants die.

    I knew that one session would not do it. I made a deal to trade maintenance for greenhouse space. I still keep a separation by colored tags and a list on the website called "Lillian's".

    I have been doing it for 2 1/2 years now. During summer I go over every day (15 minutes) and now I am going about every 3 days. There is a display space for the house and I keep the blooming orchids grouped so Lillian can enjoys them.

  3. Hi Richard, I am trying out plant searchs on RHS website. Any hints for using this site?