Saturday, March 17, 2012

Coelogyne lawrenceana

Coelogyne lawrenceana - Flower photo by Richard LindbergI am always happy to get a new flower picture, particularly from a plant I have had for a couple of years that had not bloomed. I got this Coelogyne lawrenceana from the member sale table at San Francisco Orchid Society in 2007 and this is the first flower I have had on it.

Coelogyne lawrenceana - Plant photo by Richard LindbergCoelogyne lawrenceana grows in the Himalayas and Vietnam in mountain forests. It is fragrant, cool to warm growing and blooms some time from fall to spring.

This plant is in rock in a 3 1/2-inch plastic pot. There are twelve pseudobulbs and stands twelve inches above the pot. Since Coelogyne bloom before the new growth starts, it is a good time to decide about dividing it. I am going to take each 4-pseudobulb lead and make it a division potted in bark so it can go on eBay in a couple of months. The backbulbs will be put in a 4-inch pot and re-positioned.

The plant looks ok but the roots look stunted. I have a note about that from when I bought it, so I wonder if it just doesn't grow a lot of roots in nature. Anybody know about this species root growth habit?

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