I'll have my new lowland terrarium setup with netting on back & sides for mounted orchids but I would like to know what some orchid genus suggestions might be for this environment:
320-400 watts flourescent light
The orchids do not have to be "miniature" or small (the tank is 6 X 6 X 3) but they will have to be mountable on orchid bark, driftwood, hydro logs or whatever and hung at the edges of these lights (they wouldn't be under the full blast of the lights as the Nepenthes will be there). I was just wondering if you orchid experts might have some suggestions on warm growing plants I could look into to decorate the walls. I already have a few Bulbophyllums to go in but am I limited to Bulbophyllums and Phalenopsis?[/QUOTE]
What the...? I'd say we've strayed a little (no cattle pun intended).
There's a tunnel at the end of the light...
I don't mind the straying topic, it's interesting reading.
BTW I found a place to order a Bulbophyllym beccarii that will be an awesome plant! The flowers are fine too from what I'e seen in photos but I love that tree growing mushroom look of the leaves. I hear that the flowers smell like rotting meat but is it only if you put your nose to it like other bulbos or will it reek up the house?
Well... My appologies.. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img]
Re: the stink... Hahaha... (sorry, i had to laugh at that... heehehee)
It will reek in roughly a 10ft radius from the plant. It certainly isnt pleasant but I wouldnt liken it to rotting meat, its more like a rancid wet dog, its awesome,the scent doesnt travel much though.
When it flowers try to directly sniff it 5 times in a row.
This is definately a prime candidate for your lowland chamber they really love it hot and humid. Also Ample water during active growth, If youve examined the two at OL youll notice excessive amounts of sphagnum used as a base to mount them on. The coco fiber is put on lightly first, then the plant, then more coco fiber over the sphagnum and the around the rhizome. The purpose of the coco fiber is assist in water retention. Youll notice that the plant produces large amounts of roots all along the rhizome and in the bases of the leaves, so it may be beneficial to experiment with different media in the base of the leaves. Jerry used to add oak leaves.
I dont think it matters much if you can keep up with the watering during growth.
Yeah, OL is the first place I ever saw a B. beccarii and never did find out the name til someone on this board mentioned they got one and showed a picture, I think it was Fatboy. Then once I knew the name.. lookout! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]
I'm purchasing the smallest size available (still not very cheap) but hopefully that will allow it to quickly adjust & grow-in better in my specific conditions then shocking a huge plant and forcing it to cope with what I have. I notice neps grow better/faster when I start with them small than if I try and put in a bigger plant, the acclimation time is a lot longer it seems like.
I was not able to detect any smell from the other bulbos I have:
B. Elizabeth Ann x Louis Sander
Do the flowers only smell on day of opening or do they have a very slight fragrance throughout their lives?
What no smell from B. dayanum?! Shes pretty fishy!
B. E.A x C. L.S. rarley smells much.
B. lepidum is kinda like bad breath.
Youve got to smell B. carunculata theyre just like paint!
Usually throughout the life of the flower, they also generally smell more when they are exposed to light and warmer temps.
That sounds like the best way to go with B. becarrii as its not the easiest plant to grow. But it is still a Bulbophyllum so I think your biggest obstacle will be acommodating its growth pattern.
Can you be more specific about B. beccarii's growth cycle ?
Does it have to be warm & wet in summer and then cooler & dryer in winter or simply warm & wet all the time (no problem)?
Is it a fast grower if supplied with it's needs? I imagine those large thick plate like leaves need a good deal of time to develop, do they form more than one per year?
I bought the book Bulbophyllums & their Allies but for this one it doesn't say much and ends the entry with "something to enjoy at a botanical gardens" or a similar non-helpful to cultivation statement... thanks for letting me spend $35 on your book to learn nothing! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]
Do you know of any other Bulbophyllum books in English? As far as I know this one is the only one available specifically on the genus alone.
B. beccarii seems to benefit from warm and wet conditions being in MN even in a green house things are cooler and drier in the winter so i couldnt say whether theyd prefer it warm and wet year round, Id imagine they get some amount of seasonal variation probably not much though.
Once the plants are established they do grow amazingly fast, even though they do take a bit to form the massive leaf, they can produce 2 or 3 a year.
This is one plant that absolutley needs high humidity otherwise its leaves will be stunted.
Yeah I was highly dissapointed with that book, espcially since i was anticipating its realease for soo long.
But what do you expect from timber press.
You gotta wonder what kind of writer will allow all the pictures in his/her book to be amassed in the center!
I dont remember if Bulbophyllums and their Allies is assembled in that manner but most of their other publications are.
And yes I too feel Like i wasted my money.
Yep all in one clump in the center.
Reminds me of the Natn'l Audubon books which have the same "plate" style photo pages.
I ordered a bunch of Pleurothallid & other miniature orchid books from the AOS. From their descriptions I have a feeling they will be arranged in the same style.
I've got a monograph on Mantid biology by Prete & Wells also has the photo section all amassed in the center and this one was made by the Johns Hopkins Univ. but I definately preffer a thoroughly illustrated text.
Yeah its most likely theyve got a bunch of cost cutters working for them. Unfortunately it makes for a horribly illustrated book that they still charge high prices for.
And then the books Suffers in the long run.
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