Fairly Easy Orchids – Bulbophyllum Elassicatum

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Blooming, Care and Culture, Classification, Growing Indoors

I define “fairly easy” orchids as those that, while suitable for a beginner, may not be quite as tolerant of less than ideal conditions as the “easy” orchids.

Belonging to the largest genus of orchid, this pretty plant carries its small, neat yellow flowers in a dense raceme reminiscent of a fir cone. Its pungent scent suggests pollination by fruit flies. Their origins are somewhat obscure, but it holds a place among the smaller-growing, small-flowered collectibles and is desirable for its relative ease of growing. It produces small, rounded pseudobulbs with a single leaf and densely packed flowers that last two to three weeks in early spring. This orchid will grow in a small pot under cool conditions, or it can be grown on a piece of cork bark, which, if left alone for many years, it will cover with a solid ball of pseudobulbs and leaves!

Flower Size: 1/2 inch (1cm) across

Flower Spike: 6 inches (15cm)

Pot Size: 4 inches (10cm)

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