Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Rhyncholaelia digbyana

Rhyncholaelia digbyana - Flower photo by Richard LindbergI got this Rhyncholaelia digbyana in December and I was very happy to get it. My original plan was to let it stay without disturbing it until the next growth cycle. This week I changed my mind. I repotted AND divided it.

Rhyncholaelia digbyana grows from southern Mexico to Costa Rica. It is cool to warm growing, fragrant, needs bright light and blooms in summer. It is used in many hybrids. It is often called Brassavola digbyana. Rhyncholaelia digbyana divided and repotted - Flower photo by Richard LindbergThe genus Rhyncholaelia (Rhynch) contains 2 species that were formerly included in Brassavola. They grow in Central America and are fragrant tropical epiphytes needing bright light.

The reason for the change of heart was that I more closely examined the medium. I worked the plant loose and slid it out of the pot. My first impression that it was potted in lava rock was wrong. While there was lava on top, the pot contained mostly sphagnum moss.

I had cleaned off the sphagnum to get a closer look at the roots. It had seemed from looking at the plant from the top that there were pretty good roots, but un-potting told a different story. The newest growth was the only part of the plant than had live roots.

I took the lead with five pseudobulbs to be one division and the three oldest pseudobulbs as the second. Both of these are in plastic pots and rock.

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