Bulbophyllum ambrosia – 365 days of orchids – day 1835


This wonderful bulbophyllum is once again making a fantastic February display with masses of long lasting fragrant flowers.

Bilbophyllum ambrosia is a very pretty species that produces single flowers, scented of honey, on very thin stems so that they appear to float around the plant. The species is native to Southern China and Vietnam where it grows in lowland evergreen forest, and we find it does well in our Warm Asia section kept shaded, and watered, throughout the year. We have visited the habitat in Laos where there is a distinct winter cool, dry season and in cultivation the naturally cooler greenhouse temperatures from November to January do the trick and initiate the abundant flowering each February.

The species has a potentially straggly growth habit with a few cm between each bulb and so it is well suited to a basket of open bark mix where it can be tied back into the basket as it grows and it soon forms a ball covered in flowers.



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