Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Neofinetia falcata

Neofinetia falcata - Flower photo by Richard LindbergLast August I bought a replacement Neofinetia falcata. I had a pretty nice one but when we got our dog about a year ago, it took me 3 or 4 months to get the greenhouse so that I could work in it and keep the dog out. Neofinetia falcata - Plant photo by Richard LindbergIn that time I lost a few plants because she grabbed them and took them into the back yard to play.

Neofinetia falcata grows in Japan, Korea and the Ryukyu Islands. The species grows on deciduous trees and get more light in winter. They are fragrant and tolerate a wide range of temperatures. The genus Neofinetia (Neof) contains 3 species from Japan, Korea and the Ryukyu Islands.

This plant is a single-fan seedling mounted on a 3x4-inch piece of cork bark. It was in the pot with the larger plant. My first thought was that I had broken off a fan but I don't see a rhizome. Sometimes a seedling gets lost in another plant as it grows and I think that happened here.

It is not yet attached to the cork. There are live roots but there hasn't been growth. I am hoping that the increased light as we get into spring will get growth started. The larger Neofinetia falcata has some new growth now.


  1. What's gone into your decision to grow it barerooted and not in a traditional way?

  2. Two things. In general I am mounting more and potting less. Second, sez "Best mounted on tree fern or cork here in warm conditions yet it can be done in suspended pots with a very coarse mixture to allow air to get to the roots." My greenhouse is quite wet and there should be no problem with growing through the summer. If it doesn't start in a month or so, I will add a small amount of sphagnum to hold a bit more water.

  3. interesting, especially considering that traditionally, in Japan, Neofinitia falcata is mounded in sphagnum moss in a clay pot.