These sensational orchids are cute and compact with breathtaking blooms. Up to five, narrow, 7-15cm flowers open from spring with multiple spikes from happy plants. The petals have fascinating, intricate detail in red and green shades and a fancy red fringe. These plants can flower within a year in the right conditions.
The deep green leaves grow to around 8cm and have a nice sheen.
They get the name Bulbophyllum as the leaves are bulbous. The flowers are on narrow stems so they can bob and entice pollinators.
There is huge diversity in the Bulbophyllum family, with over 1 200 species and many more hybrids. Their amazing blooms and ease of growth has made them very popular the world over. They have creeping to pendent rhizomes and develop angular pseudobulbs with handsome foliage. While they are appear delicate, and hard to grow they actually make relatively easy house plants as they really aren’t too fussy and have similar needs to the common Phalaenopsis Orchids.
Bulbophyllum orchids are lithophytes. In cultivation they can be grown in a pot using an orchid mix, with some additional sphagnum moss to help moisture retention. Or mounted and tied onto bark with some sphagnum moss beneath. Water well, then allow the medium to almost dry out before watering again. This means almost daily in the warmer months and less often in winter. They intermediate orchids and in the wild they grow on the sides of limestone cliffs in the tropics where rainfall is relatively regular and light variable. Filtered to bright, indirect light is ideal, artificial light also works well. Their ideal temperature range is 15-24C.
Autumn to winter
Cool to Sub-Tropical