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Bulbophyllum fletcherianum

Bulbophyllum fletcherianum

Precio habitual $169.95 USD
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Introducing the Bulbophyllum fletcherianum, a magnificent orchid species that commands attention with its impressive size and distinctive features. Known as Bulbophyllum spiesii by some, this orchid hails from the lush landscapes of New Guinea, where it thrives in diverse habitats, including cliff faces, rock crevices, and mossy branches in riverine thickets.

Key Features:

  1. Gigantic Growth: As one of the largest orchid species globally, the Bulbophyllum fletcherianum boasts pseudobulbs clustered together, reaching impressive lengths of over 6 feet. This characteristic sets it apart from its relative, Bulbophyllum phalaenopsis.

  2. Fascinating Floral Strategy: The Bulbophyllum fletcherianum employs a unique pollination strategy by emitting a potent fragrance that mimics the scent of carrion. This attracts blowflies and carrion beetles, which serve as the orchid's essential pollinators.

  3. Distinctive Flowers: During the summer and fall, expect the Bulbophyllum fletcherianum to produce an erect inflorescence carrying 20 to 30 clustered flowers. These blooms imitate the shape of a toucan's bill, adding a touch of exotic allure to your orchid collection.

Cultivating Tips:

  1. Light Requirements: Provide bright, indirect light to mimic the orchid's natural habitat. Filtered sunlight or dappled shade is ideal for optimal growth.

  2. Temperature and Humidity: Mimic the warm conditions of its native New Guinea environment. Maintain temperatures between 70°F to 85°F (21°C to 29°C) and a humidity level of 60% to 80%.

  3. Growing Medium: Opt for a well-draining orchid mix or a combination of bark, sphagnum moss, and perlite. This replicates the orchid's preference for various substrates in the wild.

  4. Watering: Keep the growing medium consistently moist but not waterlogged. Allow the top inch of the substrate to dry out before watering again.

  5. Feeding: Use a balanced orchid fertilizer during the growing season to support robust foliage and flower development. Reduce fertilization during the dormant period.

  6. Air Circulation: Ensure good air circulation around the orchid to prevent the development of fungal issues. Gentle air movement mimics its natural habitat.

Options:

- a near blooming size imported bare root orchid division in a 4" or 5" pot, newly repotted, approx 8”to 12" length leaves, about 2 to 3 years to bloom, grown from seed, limited!

- a blooming size imported bare root orchid division in a 5" pot, newly repotted, approx 12”to 16" length leaves, about 1 to 2 years to bloom, grown from seed, limited!

With its impressive size, unique floral strategy, and exotic charm, the Bulbophyllum fletcherianum is a captivating addition to any orchid enthusiast's collection. Embrace the challenge of cultivating this extraordinary orchid, and you'll be rewarded with the grandeur of its towering leaves and the intrigue of its toucan-bill-shaped blooms. Elevate your orchid experience with the Bulbophyllum fletcherianum, a true marvel in the world of orchid cultivation.

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