Thursday, May 5, 2016
Bulbophyllum sumatranum Garay, Hamer & Siegrist 1996, now larger than ever
This orchid has totally overflowed the wire basket in which it is growing. Now many growths are growing on the sides of the baskets or between or over, older growths. An attempt to start pieces growing in a basket with coconuts chunks was a complete disaster, the plant never bloomed and one really, really wet season, it completely rotted away. Yes, as unbelievable as it sound it did rot, something that is almost unheard in my collection in which all my Bulbophyllum seem to tolerate without complaint even the wettest of weathers, I plant to start transplanting pieces of this orchid to a log of teak wood to see how it will fare growing on this type of mount. Hopefully it will be more floriferous there. This clone is prone to bloom unpredictably and erratically, generally between March and May.