Monday, February 21, 2011

Schomburgkia tibicinis

A little over a year ago I re-potted the Schomburgkia tibicinis from the Sonoma collection. I found that the roots were weak enough to be called a rescue. Only the very newest growth had the start of good roots. I potted it in bark and moved it to a brighter location.

Schomburgkia tibicinis a year ago - Plant photo by Richard LindbergSchomburgkia tibicinis grows from Mexico through northern South America. It is warm to hot growing, wants full sun and is fragrant. The plant is big and the spike can be as much as 15 feet long. Schomburgkia contains 12 species of medium to large plants growing in New World tropical areas.

I left very little room in the new pot a year ago. The conventional wisdom is to leave room for two years of growth but the roots needed an even smaller pot than I used. I planned to re-pot now.

The roots are better but still not good enough for a pot big enough for two years. I removed the older pseudobulbs and I will put these two with the best roots back in the same pot to see if we can get a strong plant a year from now.


  1. Richard, is it possible to ID Schomburgkia from pseudobulbs alone? I have an unknown Schomburgkia I was given as an off-cut. I tied it into a tree with some south and west exposure, and occasional shade.

  2. No, I don't think so, especially if the question includes the possibility of being a hybrid. However, the pseudobulb has a distinctive shape and the vertical ridges. The one in the picture above is fully hydrated. Look at the mouse-rollover picture for a better idea of the look.

    One thing to look for is an opening at the base of the pseudobulb. In nature, ants make nests inside the pseudobulb. That will shorten the list to eight from the new genus Myrmecophila. Tibicinis is one of those but I am still using the old name.

  3. Thanks Richard, it is indeed a Myrmecophila, I broke off the oldest dry pseudobulb and the ant's piled out. I guess I need to flower it know exactly which one...

  4. I mostly mount those onto the concave side of a bark mount no matter if they have or have no roots at all. It takes them like one growing season to grab on and a little longer to flower then. Love those!

  5. I moved this plant to Napa where it is wetter and it has grown better this year. No sign of spikes yet.

  6. I just purchased one that was placed on a large cork bark, so the roots are exposed. I've been misting it making sure the roots don't dry. I don't know if this type of orchid does fine on cork bark in full sun, or if I should hang the bark under a tree limb to get shade, or should I put it in a pot with bark. Any ideas?: I live in Orlando Florida, and now we are going into our hot season.