Root detail on new Sophronitis cernua orchid
I am participating in an orchid growing project at the Orchid Board, where members vote on a project plant, and then all try their hand at growing the orchid. The species selected for the Spring 2012 project is the lovely miniature: Sophronitis cernua. This cattleya-alliance orchid is a native of Brazil and blooms with red-orange 1" flowers. I look forward to learning how to grow the plant; with the healthy orchid I received today from J&L Orchids, I think I am off to a good start!
This blooming size orchid has 11 old pseudobulbs, and 2 new growths. The leaves are just under 1" long. The roots had attached to the old growing media such that I could not pry the old bark pieces off without doing considerable damage to the plant.
Sophronitis cernua in new pot
As a result, I kept most of the old media, and replanted into a slightly larger 3" clay pot. I added some fresh bark chips along the sides and bottom. I've read that root rot is a big concern with growing Soph cernua in pots, so everything is loosely packed and airy to allow for quick drying.
pot hanging 5" away from CFL light source
I used some craft wire to hang the pot off the side of the shelf. This way it's about 5 inches away from the light source. I'll keep watch on the leaf color and be ready to move it further away if I see any signs of burn.