Orchids forum: Is leaf size in Bulbophyllums related to light or Water?

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KatyLLL
Sep 30, 2017 8:48 AM CST
Hi. I recently got a nice specimen size E.A. Buckleberry in a 10 inch basket. There were a fairly nice amount of new growths, (about 11 new leaf/pseudobulbs) but after a while, I noticed that the new growths were half the length of the original leaves. All I can think is that they are not being exposed to the same amount of light as the original. The original came from Florida, I believe, and I have been growing them indoors, for the most part because they dry out too quickly.

This same problem has happened to my 2 other "chirropetalum" type Bulbos, which are Medusa X Persius, and Lion King X Ananandali (I do not know if that is spelled right). Lion king put out a great many new growths (about 5) and Medusa only had one.

But the leaves are small like the buckleberry.

Okay-- main question to any Bulbophyllum lover out there. Do the leaves continue growing? Should I augment with blue/red light? I think I will on the larger. (Buckleberry). The leaves are "baby" leaves, very tender and shiny. Does this mean that they are not fully grown? If they are not fully grown, perhaps I can expect them to get larger over time? I know this is the logical outcome, but I need some reassurance, as I do not want a miniature specimen plant.




Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Sep 30, 2017 4:20 PM CST

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Katy, welcome to the Orchid forum
I read your post a few times and there are a couple of points one might make:
I myself would have a hard time making comparisons as I find your descriptions somewhat vague. I might compare say two pictures showing leaves previously and now? Also what do you mean precisely by "after a while" ? I can't tell you if the leaves might grow some more since I don't know when the new growth started to appear.
Without proper pictures and some form of timing someone like me is pretty clueless, sorry.
Btw, it would help if you add your location and climate zone to your profile.

Having said all that, around here Bulbophyllum Elizabeth Ann 'Buckleberry' usually bloomed somewhere in the Spring, so I would probably expect for the plant to make good growth over the Summer and now. That would be the time to give it adequate water and fertilizer and surely sufficient light.
Now I said "usually", since I have a picture of my old plant blooming once in the Fall. ( And it unfortunately declined after that.) But perhaps you can compare the leaves on your plant to those on mine?
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KatyLLL
Oct 1, 2017 2:58 PM CST
Hi, since posting, I now understand why the new leaves were small. The person who sold the plant to me did not sell me "a plant." He sold a bunch of small pieces of a plant and put them in a 10 inch pot. It was not one strong plant, instead of many little beginner pieces. I only found this out after I decided to re-pot it, and the whole plant sort of fell apart.
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
Charter ATP Member Fruit Growers Adeniums Spiders! Native Plants and Wildflowers Region: Pennsylvania
Greenhouse Keeper of Koi Cactus and Succulents Forum moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Ponds
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Ursula
Oct 1, 2017 3:46 PM CST

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Oh, thanks so much for coming back!! Smiling
Now it makes sense!! A lot of small plants!!

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