Sunday, September 4, 2011

Bulbophyllum Frank Smith

Bulbophyllum Frank Smith divisions

Bulbophyllum lobbii Bulbophyllum lobbii 'Winter' - Flower photo by Richard LindbergBulbophyllum Frank Smith is Bulbophyllum carunculatum x Bulbophyllum lobbii. It has large reddish yellow flower with red lip and 3 to 4 flowers per stem. I don't have my own picture since I got this plant just after it had bloomed this spring. It would be nice to have a picture, but maybe one of the divisions will bloom.

I got it to divide and it has started to sprout. I needed to decide to do the divisions now or wait until next year. I have divided it to single pseudobulbs but they are very strong and the leaves and pseudobulbs look great. There is some live root and getting them potted now will get the new growth established in the pot.


  1. Interesting. May I ask, why is it that you divide plants into single backbulbs? Usually it is advisable to keep 3 bulbs or more so they'll recover more quickly.. Any reason for that? Do you want to get as many divisions as possible to trade?

    Avid reader of your blog

  2. You are right about that. 3 to 5 PBs will be a plant size that ought to bloom at the next cycle. In this case I was going for full control over the shape. I still could have made a couple of 3 PB divisions from leads. But with a plant as big as 20 PBs there was a lot of ups and downs and few groups lined up nicely.

    In the case of backbulbs I find I have a hard time predicting where the sprout will occur so I just put the pseudobulb in the middle assuming I will have to repot after the sprout shows up.