365 days of orchids – day 31 – Bulbophyllum picturatum

Bulbophyllum picturatum is a small sized bulbophylum native to Thailand and Myanmar. This plant naturally grows in warm conditions in lowland forest and we grow it in our section Warm Asia. This relates to conditions of between 15 and 18 degrees Celsius as the winter minimum and the vents open at 26 degrees Celcius. We water it with all of our plants once a day with feed in the summer.

As with many bulbophylums the flowers are scented to attract flies which act as it’s pollinators. This means that it is not recommended to smell this species as it is likely to smell of fish – unless you like fishy smells of course. Bulbophylum picuratum normally produces flowers during the spring. But has only just opened in the past week making it fairly unusual for it to be flowering in January.


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