365 days of orchids – day 133 – Bulbopyllum eberhardtii

Todays orchid of the day is an easy choice – yesterday’s best in show, Bulbophyllum eberhardtii. The species comes from South East Asia and is found from 1000m to 1500m altitude indicating a species that will enjoy intetmediate temperatures. We find that it does very well in either Warm Asia, Warm Americas or Cool Americas, so a minimum anywhere from 12C to 18C making it a very adaptable plant. With us the warmer growing plants flower first but it is easier to manage a little cooler as it seems to enjoy being damp and we water the plant throughout the year. We find that small plants enjoy the extra moisture given by a pot but larger plants do best in a basket as the long rhizome results in a plant leaving its pot and rooting in one nearby.

Over time specimen plants will form a lose ball especially if straggly bits are tied in and that is how we have managed our winning plant (below)

We grow this plant hanging uo in its basket but like to display it resting in a tray of moss as the flowers are best when looked down on. This plant has been in its basket since about 1998.


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