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Bulbophyllum fletcherianum

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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! B. fletcherianum produces magenta, spike-shaped flowers, with a fetid 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.

All pictures are of plants currently for sale or previously sold at The Tropic Gardener. The plant photographed should be used as an indication of size and quality only and may not be the exact plant you receive. Form and colour will vary slightly. 

These orchids are currently not in flower/spike and are not yet at flowering maturity. These large Bulbophyllum species require many years of growth prior to flowering. 

Pickup and Delivery


How Our Shipping Works 

We use Australia Post Express Post. Always. 

We ship at 9am on Monday mornings to reduce the chance of plants sitting in Aus Post warehouses over weekends. (Our plants will generally survive up to 2 weeks in boxes, but we like to reduce any risk at all). 

Check out our blog about how we prepare your plants for online delivery 

Shipping Costs and Sizing

Strap yourself in, this is a little complicated! 

Our shipping rates are based on weight. This is why we’ll never cramp a plant with big leaves into a small box, because it’s weight, not size that Australia Post charges for. 

We have four different box sizes.

  • Small Order =  $15 shipping
  • Medium Order = $20 shipping
  • Large Order = $25 shipping
  • Extra Large = $30 shipping (up to 800g)

An order with multiple plants over the 800g limit will be packaged in multiple boxes, at the following rates: 

Multiple Boxes: 

  • Extra Large and Small  =$35
  • Extra Large and Medium = $40
  • Extra Large and Large = $45

After that, we cap our shipping at $50. So feel free to order as many plants as you like and know that most you’ll pay is $50!

As all of our plants come in varying sizes, we have to make the best shipping decision for the health of the plant, so each order is a little different. It’s a bit of a tricky process. As a result our costs are sometimes fractionally extra than you might see on the Aus Post website, but that’s because we include the cost of the packaging materials and the time it takes to carefully pack your new plant. 

We hope this clears up any mystery about how we price our shipping for our online nursery. We will always do our best to both package your plants safely and with maximum affordability. Please do contact us if you have any further questions!