Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Ancistrochilus rothschildianus O'Brien 1907

I saw this plant at the 2016 Puerto Rico Orchid society show at the Jardin Botanico de Rio Piedras.  I have cultivated this plant in the past and I found it easy to grow and bloom in the central part of Puerto Rico at an altitude of 1000 feet over sea level.  It needed frequent fertilization to produce the husky pseudobulbs that bloom.  After the pseudobulbs matured I stopped fertilizing it.  I gave it a rest period during the local dry season.  Became a mass of bulbs but then I lost it to rot during a time when it rained daily for weeks.

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