Saturday, December 1, 2012

Cirrhopetalum Elizabeth Ann 'Buckleberry' FCC/AOS

Cirrhopetalum Elizabeth Ann 'Buckleberry' FCC/AOS - Flower photo by Richard Lindbergpotted after six months with no waterIn the fall of 2009 I got a large Cirrhopetalum Elizabeth Ann 'Buckleberry' FCC/AOS. I divided it and in the process ended up with a single backbulb. I put it aside on my desk where it sat in indoor light and no water. It was six months before I potted it.

After finally being potted this backbulb just sat in the greenhouse in the wet zone for more than a year without any change. Then, two years after being removed from the plant, it sprouted. Even with that small abount of new growth the backbulb looks better, much less dried out.

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

Yesterday I up-potted it, moving from a 2-inch pot to a 3-inch pot. The roots looked great growing down in the space below the sphagnum. I removed some of the sphagnum on one side and filled in to move the newest pseudobulb to near the center.

The plant is now of a size that I expect it to bloom next year. Letting is sit un-potted added a year to the time from division to blooming.

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