How do you take care of Bulbophyllum orchids?

How do you take care of Bulbophyllum orchids?

Humidity should be kept at 60% , which can be difficult to do outside of the greenhouse. Water frequently, as both mounted (at least daily) and potted plants (several times a week) will thrive under wetter conditions than most orchids. Bulbophyllum may be the exception to the rule “when in doubt, don’t water”.

Is Bulbophyllum an orchid?

Bulbophyllum, one of the largest genera of orchids (family Orchidaceae), composed of more than 2,000 species of flowering plants. The genus is found in warm climates throughout Africa, Asia, and the Americas.

How long do Bulbophyllum blooms last?

Once the flowers appear, they tend to last between one and six weeks, depending on the species. If you don’t see blooming occurring for some time, the trick is to move your orchid to a brighter place or suspend watering for a bit, depending on the orchid type.

How do you get Bulbophyllum to bloom?

If you have planted your Bulbophyllum in bark, it will need more frequent watering, as bark tends to dry faster. On the flip side, if you have planted your orchid in moss mix, check that the moss has just dried, before watering it again. To initiate flowering, some types of Bulbophyllum require a period of drought.

Do blind bulbs bloom again?

What is daffodil blindness? Newly planted daffodils usually grow and flower well, but in subsequent years flowering may be reduced or fail completely, although leaves are healthy and numerous.

Why did my alliums not come up this year?

The reasons alliums do not flower is usually because the bulb is not yet mature, planted too shallow, or planted at the wrong time of year. Drought, lack of sun and boggy soil can also prevent alliums from flowering.

How many times a year do orchids bloom?

Most orchids bloom once a year, but if they are really happy, they may bloom more often. If you want an orchid that blooms during a particular season, the best bet is to purchase a plant that is in bloom at that time. When an orchid does flower it usually remains in bloom for six to ten weeks.

Do epiphytes need soil?

Aside from of how epiphytes acquire their nutrients, they require humid, moist environments with frequent rains to live their best lives. Without soil, there is no way for epiphytes to acquire water other than through rainfall.

Can epiphytes live in soil?

Epiphytes are known as “air plants” because they are not anchored in the soil. Epiphytes derive nutrients from rainwater, air and from other sources. There are many adaptations present in the epiphytes to get nutrients and survive. Epiphytes are found on branches, leaves, trunk and other surfaces of plants.

Do you replant bulbs every year?

Most bulbs are, by definition, perennials. But not all will come back readily year after year in every setting. Soil, climatic and other conditions all play a part in determining which bulbs will be the best repeat performers in any given environment.

Why do my bulbs have no flowers?

The best time to resolve the problem is in the spring when the bulbs should be flowering and are in leaf. The most common reason for a bulb not flowering is that it has been planted too shallow. Whilst the plant is in leaf, but not flower, is the best time to dig up the bulb and re plant to a greater depth.

When should I dig up my blind daffodils?

With newly planted bulbs, if they have not been planted deeply enough, during the summer it is possible that the flower buds have dried out and died. If this is the case then dig up the bulbs in April/early May (before the foliage dies down) and plant them deeper.

How often should I water an orchid?

How often you water an orchid depends on the species and the environment they’re kept in, but, on average, most orchids can be watered once a week to every 10 days. Just be careful not to oversaturate them. “In general, orchid plants need much less water than the average consumer would think.

What are the Allied Genera of Bulbophyllum?

Taxonomists have described at least two dozen allied genera, which have been combined with, and separated from, Bulbophyllum, over the years. Some of the most commonly encountered allied genera are; Cirrhopetalum, Ione, Mastigion, Megaclinium, Rhytionanthos and Trias.

What is the culture of the Bulbophyllum species?

Since Bulbophyllum species are a very diverse and wide ranging group of orchids, only general culture can be given. The grower should try and obtain habitat information for his/her species of interest. Most Bulbophyllum species are warm growing and should see a winter temperature of no less than 65 F at night.

What is the best media for Bulbophyllum?

Bulbophyllum species tend to prefer a minimum of repotting. Mounting (tree fern or cork slabs), well draining baskets, and pots can all be used successfully. The recommended potting media are sphagnum moss, coir (coconut chips or fibers) and tree fern.

What is the best temperature for Bulbophyllum?

Most Bulbophyllum species are warm growing and should see a winter temperature of no less than 65 F at night. Species from more temperate regions can be grown 5-10 degrees cooler. Maintain a gentle air movement.