Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Bulbophyllum lasiochilum Parish & Rchb.f 1874, the yellow flowered type

They yellow form of Bulbophyllum lasiochilum is easy to culture in the Caribbean and can thrive if one waters and fertilizes it regularly.  However it has the same annoying behavior as many other Bulbophyllum, its new growths will sometimes grow away from the mount.  As a result you might end with a plant where all the new growths are suspended in the air hanging grown old pseudobulbs that are dead.  When the stem rots the living part of the plant can fall to the floor a be lost to snail or accidental trampling.  lt is best, from time to time, to take a division of a few pseudobulbs and start it in another mount.  That way if something happens to the original plant you will not lose the species.

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