Bulbophyllum fletcherianum, commonly known as the 'Tongue Orchid' is a rare variety of epiphytic orchid, native to southern Papua New Guinea. This orchid is among the largest varieties of orchid in the world, with leaves that can reach 1.8-2.1m in length and 30cm in width, with pseudobulbs reaching the size of an orange! The fletcherianum produces magenta, spike-shaped flowers, with a feti smell that attracts insects for pollination.
Requires bright, filtered light outdoors, sheltered from any direct sun. Being an epiphytic species, the Bulbophyllum can either be mounted on your choice of raft, or potted in a shallow orchid pot, using small-medium grade orchid bark. If mounted, the Bulbophyllum will require increased humidity and very frequent watering to maintain adequate hydration. Potted Bulbophyllum requires frequent and thorough watering, allowing water to run completely through the pot. Fertilise fortnightly with an orchid specific fertiliser throughout spring and summer.
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