Thursday, September 15, 2011

Cirrhopetalum Elizabeth Ann 'Buckleberry' FCC/AOS

This picture was taken 18 months ago when I potted this dry pseudobulb. It had been removed from another division for shaping purposes and set aside to be potted. And forgotten on my desk for six months.

Cirrhopetalum backbulb, six months unpotted

Cirrhopetalum Elizabeth Ann 'Buckleberry' FCC/AOS - Flower photo by Richard LindbergCirrhopetalum Elizabeth Ann 'Buckleberry' FCC/AOS - Plant photo by Richard LindbergAfter finally being potted this backbulb just sat in the greenhouse in the wet zone for more than a year without any change.

Cirrhopetalum Elizabeth Ann 'Buckleberry' FCC/AOS is Cirrhopetalum longissimum x Cirrhopetalum rothschildianum

It has now finally sprouted. I suspect that it is still a year from blooming, possibly two years. That's a long time invested. That is the bad news side of backbulbs. I am trading time for money. Not everybody wants to do that.

Even if you don't do a lot of these, it is a skill worth having. You never know when a backbulb is the only way to get a plant that you want.

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