Monday, June 27, 2011

Bulbophyllum lobbii

Bulbophyllum lobbii backbulb starting to sprout

Bulbophyllum lobbii - Flower photo by Richard LindbergLast February I sent Lolly a Bulbophyllum lobbii backbulb for her to play with and learn from. She sent me an e-mail to let me know about it. (Bulbophyllum lobbii grows in Borneo, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines above 2000'. The species is warm to hot growing, fragrant and blooms in spring.)

I have exciting news. The Bulbophyllum Lobii backbulb you sent me has sprouted! It's not really even above the surrounding moss yet, but it's there!

Also, it's taken several months for me to finally make it to the local meeting of the Central East Texas Orchid Society. I went last Sunday and they were having a re-potting seminar. I came home with 4 new little orchid plants, and the courage to repot my dendrobium and phalaenopsis. The medium the phal was in was too old and it was staying too wet. After seeing the condition of the roots of the dendrobium, I'm glad I re-potted it.

I mentioned at the CETOS meeting that I had gotten a backbulb in the mail from you and they asked what it was and when I told them bulbophyllum lobii, they were quite impressed! There were some awfully pretty orchids there. I'm anxious to see some of their greenhouses and setups.

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