Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Epigeneium nakaharaei

Epigeneium nakaharaei - Flower photo by Richard LindbergMy Epigeneium nakaharaei is blooming and there is another spike formed on another of the new pseudobulbs. I got it in the winter of 2008 and it has grown slowly but steadily. The newest growth is smaller than the older. I take that to mean my conditions are less than perfect for the species.

Epigeneium nakaharaei - Flower photo by Richard LindbergEpigeneium nakaharaei - Plant photo by Richard LindbergEpigeneium nakaharaei grows in Taiwan in the central mountain range. It is cool to warm growing, fragrant and blooms in the fall and winter. It needs bright light. The genus Epigeneium (Epig) contains 35 species in Southeast Asia and the Philippines. They do well mounted and given warm, humid and shady conditions.

The bottom half of the plant has a lead and it has grown away from the mount. I have missed the new growth season but I think I will remove the bottom six pseudobulbs and make a division on cork.

Another option is to take the bottom seven off the mount and subdivide that into a 4-pseudobulb division and a 3-pseudobulb backbulb division. That would be an interesting choice and would not take much space.

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