Bulbophyllum putidum orchid plant care and culture

Bulbophyllum putidum is found in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam, where the orchid grows epiphytic at an altitude of 1000 to 2000 meters above sea level...

 Bulbophyllum putidum also called as The Stinking Bulbophyllum, Bulbophyllum appendiculatum, Cirrhopetalum appendiculatum, Cirrhopetalum putidum, Mastigion appendiculatum, Mastigion putidum, is a species of the genus Bulbophyllum. This species was described by Johannes Jacobus Smith in 1912.


 Bulbophyllum putidum is found in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam, where the orchid grows epiphytic at an altitude of 1000 to 2000 meters above sea level.

Bulbophyllum putidum orchid plant care and culture

 It is a miniature sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with 1.5 to 3 cm between each distinct, ovoid to ellipsoid, obtusely 4 angled, about 3-4 cm in length and about 2 cm in width pseudobulb carrying a single, apical, erect, ovate, obtuse, petiolate base, 7 to 8.5 cm in length and about 2 cm in width leaf.

 The Stinking Bulbophyllum blooms on a suberect to patent, peduncle 10 to 14 cm long, 24 to 31 cm long, single flowered inflorescence with unpleasantly, musky scented flowers. The cream flowers with purple veins and a dark red (wine) lip, are about 15 cm in diameter. The upper sepal is oval in shape, pointed at the tip, covered with hair on the edge, dark veins, 2-3 cm in length and about 1.5-1.8 cm in width, often hangs over the column. Lateral sepals are long, closer to the middle, they turn out to the other side and touch with each other, about 13 cm in length and 1.5-1.8 cm in width, also have dark purple veins. Petals are small, widely arranged in different directions, have dark veins, and at the edge are covered with purple hairs of different length, about 1-1.5 cm in length and 0.5-0.8 cm in width. The lip is crescent shaped.


 Cultural information should only be used as a guide, and should be to be adapted to suit you. Your physical location; where you grow your plants, how much time you have to devote to their care, and many other factors, will need to be taken into account. Only then can you decide on the cultural methods that best suit you and your plants.


 Bulbophyllum putidum should be in a state of active growth during all 12 months of the year. It needs a light level of 14000-16000 lux. It does not tolerate direct sunlight. If the orchid does not burn and at least once in 12 months blooms, then the light here is acceptable. If growth is too long, periodically it slows down, so there is little light, but if the color of the plant itself (especially the leaves) has changed greatly, or it has begun to melt, then there is too much light and the place of content is still better to change.

Bulbophyllum putidum orchid plant care and culture


 Throughout the year, the average day temperature is 28-31 ° C, but not higher than 35-37 ° C. The night temperature was not above 24 ° C , ideally between 18 ° C to 22 ° C.


 In their natural habitat, the humidity is 60% in the afternoon and 80-85% at night. In conditions of high humidity, it is necessary to regularly ventilate the room where the plants are kept, since wet, stale air is an ideal medium for the mass reproduction of various fungal and bacterial diseases.

Substrate, growing media and repotting:

 Bulbophyllum putidum can be grow on blocks or in flat suspended pots. Of course, you can try an ordinary pot, but it will last a very short time, and the plant will be quickly disturbed by another transplant. As a substrate, you can use pure sphagnum moss, and various mixtures from the bark of coniferous trees, peat and sphagnum moss.

 Repotting is desirable only when it is really necessary. For example: If you water it with ordinary tap water, the pH of which is between 7.2 and 7.8, then over time, as a rule, for 2 years, a favorable pH of the substrate (5.5 to 6.5) also will jump to this index, and the orchid will not be able to absorb more useful substances, which means that it will start to lose its color in the leaves - yellow.


 When growing in pure sphagnum, which never dried up, then the irrigation regime should be similar. The roots of this plant have the property in a very moist environment to form root hairs, through which water is sucked in, with strong drying they die, and hence - the next watering regime can no longer be as wet as before.

Bulbophyllum putidum orchid plant care and culture


 During the period of active growth, this type of orchid is fertilized for each third irrigation in 1/3 or 1/4 of the fertilizer concentration indicated on the package (depends on the quality of the water in which the fertilizer is diluted). In addition to the usual root dressing, it is also possible to produce a foliar dressing, when the outermost part of the plant is sprayed with a very diluted fertilizer. It is best to feed the orchid, alternating both these methods. The best fertilizer is fertilizer containing nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium in equal parts, for example, NPK = 3-3-3 or 8-8-8. If you do not have such a fertilizer, alternate - once fertilizer with a large content of nitrogen, and another time - with a high content of phosphorus.

Rest period:

 In the nature, there is period of drought, lasting about 60-70 days. Its main difference from the rest of the year is a significant decrease in the amount of precipitated precipitation and colder night temperatures (16-18 ° C). But it is at this time that the orchid grows best and evokes flower buds, so in home culture, Bulbophyllum putidum does not need this rest period. If you really want to recreate this period in your home culture, then: reduce night temperature to 16-18 ° C, increase humidity at least to 75-80% and spraying the plant in the morning.




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Bulbophyllum putidum orchid plant care and culture
Bulbophyllum putidum is found in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam, where the orchid grows epiphytic at an altitude of 1000 to 2000 meters above sea level...
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