Fairly Easy Orchids – Bulbophyllum Jersey
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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