Help – there is a hole in my orchid’s pseudobulb!
Wait a minute, every nutrient storing pseudobulb has it. Then maybe it is not due to a hungry snail or millipede and maybe I do not have to spray? Indeed, this is a natural feature of many wool orchids (Eria, Orchidaceae). The old inflorescence leaves a deep hollow in the pseudobulb, and subsequent shoots will grow around it and the hollow will disappear. When you walk in the Chiang Mai jungles bring a pair of binoculars for orchid watching. Often you do not see the flowers but if you see such scars, well, it is likely you have a wool orchid! If you do not know where to go, simply visit Dokmai Garden and the Orchid Ark. We keep 200 species of native orchids.
Text and Photo: Eric Danell