Anguloa virginalis backbulbs removed during repotting 

Backbulbs are the older generations of growth that have been removed from an orchid. Often, when a plant is divided, older pseudobulbs are cut off to make the plant fit the pot better. These may be thrown away, but sometimes they are given as gifts to help a friend expand her collection, or sold when the plant is valuable.

That's what this site is all about; being ready when that wonderful gift of a collectable backbulb comes your way. There is as much art as science in getting backbulbs started. It requires great patience and lots of practice.

I am going to write about the trials, tribulations and successes as they happen. My goal is to improve my own skill by documenting what worked and what didn't work.

You can play too! Get yourself any old backbulb and try it out. You will find it to be very rewarding. And when that very special backbulb is offered, you will be able to accept it happily and gain a valuable addition to your collection.

Make notes and take pictures. I'd like to hear from you about your success with backbulbs. Email me: