Thursday, August 17, 2017
Bulbophyllum scaberulum (Rolfe) Bolus 1889, the flowers are tiny, intricate gems.
This orchid is an African Bulbophyllym of the section megaclinium. I brought it some years ago. It had a few small pseudobulbs and was mounted in cork. I tied the cork plaque to a wire basket full of bark and allowed the plant to roam free. I grew it shady with frequent watering and fertilizer. The flower grew well and spread over the basket but failed to bloom. This year I noted that the plant had plenty of adult sized pseudobulbs so it should have bloomed some time ago. My rule of thumb is that if a plant is not blooming the first thing to check it to see if it is getting enough light. I moved it to a brighter part of the shade house, only a short distance away from where it was growing. In weeks the inflorescences started appearing.