Monday, October 1, 2012

Blc Eagle Island 'Sangria' AM/AOS

Blc Eagle Island 'Sangria' AM/AOS - Flower photo by Steve ChristoffersenI got this plant eighteen months ago as a potted backbulb division. It sprouted during the 2011 growing season and developed a reduced-size pseudobulb. This is normal for a backbulb division. This hybrid is Blc Memoria Ralph Placentia x Blc Oconee, registered in 1987 by Carter and Holmes. It is a deep red, almost black. It has a velvety texture and the flowers are about 6" across.

Blc Eagle Island 'Sangria' AM/AOS - Plant photo by Richard LindbergThis plant is in sphagnum over peanuts in a 4-inch clay pot. There are five pseudobulbs and it stands eight inches above the pot. It was re-potted in January and has been growing outdoors this summer.

The plant was doing really well. The new growth looked as if it would be full-sized and I even had hopes that it would bloom this year. Then the tip turned black.

I have no idea why. Over-fertilization is possible I suppose. It has been outdoors but the night time temperature never got very far into the 40s. I will take it to Sonoma for the winter and see what develops. I don't want to fiddle with it more than is required.

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