Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Brassia Edvah Loo x longissima

Brassia Edvah Loo x longissima - Flower photo by Richard LindbergBrassia Edvah Loo x longissima is a popular cross found in a lot of collections. I bought one a few years ago and it has grown into five plants and a few more that I have sold or given away. Three years ago I re-potted one of the divisions and removed a backbulb to make it fit the pot better. The pot size is based on root mass not the top of the plant and it would have been too large a pot with all the pseudobulbs left in place. mouse over the plant picture to see the backbulb this started with.

Brassia Edvah Loo x longissima with 3 new growths in 3 yearsBrassia Edvah Loo x longissima original backbulbIt was a rootless backbulb with visible eyes that looked as if they will activate. And one of them did. It has grown a new pseudobulb each year and now it was growing over the side of the pot.

It has enough root mass to be in a new pot in small bark over peanuts. Since there are three pseudobulbs now (considered by most to be the minimum blooming size for a division) it is possible that I will see flowers from this plant this year. Although they do not last a long time, Brassia flowers are strongly fragrant and open all at once to provide a good show.

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