Fairly Easy Orchids – Bulbophyllum Jersey

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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.

Within the huge genus Bulbophyllum are some of the weirdest of orchids. The species all come from the Old World and vary enormously in size and design. Jersey, raised on the island of the same name in the Channel Islands in 1996, is one of a very few hybrids, and it produces large, stunning flowers with a high gloss overlaying the intricately veined sepals. The small lip at the center of the bloom is typical of the genus and the petals are neatly folded back. The flowers are carried singly on drooping flower spikes throughout summer, and they will last for about three weeks. The plant produces rounded pseudobulbs with a single thick leaf. It is fairly easy to grow but be careful not to overwater in the winter while it is at rest.

Flower Size: 7 inches (18cm) across

Flower Spike: 10 inches (25cm)

Plant Height: 10 inches (25cm)

Pot Size: 6 inches (15cm) long

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One response on “Fairly Easy Orchids – Bulbophyllum Jersey”

  1. Adriana Agius says:

    Hello, I got an orchid from my grand kids at Easter of 2012, It had two stems on it, this year I thought it was beginning to bloom for me again. In the last week I noticed it was not the beginning of a flower, the stem goes straight up and branches off and half way on the little branch it is actually starting new leaves, is that possible? I have never seen anything like that before. and tonight I noticed that on the main stem there are a few little shoots coming of that. Can please let me know it that is what it is supposed to do, or if it is normal for it to do that. The other orchid I got in 2011 just started to bloom for me since 2011, and it does not have any extra shoots or anything, so I was just wondering. Thank You Adriana Agius

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