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Encyclia bracteata

Discussion in 'Orchid Culture' started by Boytjie, Apr 29, 2014.

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  1. Boytjie

    Boytjie Out hiking Supporting Member

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    Culture advice needed. Have been growing this for three years, mounted on a stick, hanging a few inches under a bank of T5 lights. Sprayed daily during the growing period, a little cooler and drier in the winter months. Humidity is fairly constant, as is air movement. Three years, tons of new growth, not a single hint of a bloom. Any idea what I might be missing? Final year, then out it goes.
    - Stephe
     
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    wpinnix William Pinnix

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    What sort of temperature swing do you have day vs night? Encyclia are really tough and usually need more abuse than they get in cultivation. Perhaps you are being too nice. My Encyclias tend to bloom better with a 20 to 25 degree temperature swing (50 at night, 75 during the day). This species comes from Brazil lowlands, so you can adjust temperature up from those values.
     
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    wpinnix William Pinnix

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    Oh yeah, if you decide to rehome it I'd be happy to take it in trade.
     
  4. dr_dmd

    dr_dmd The dr's out... in the greenhouse!

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    I think William is correct. I have a lot of Encyclias, and grow them like my Catts. They are hardier than we think! That temperature drop from daytime highs is a trigger for blooming here in Napa. Days are usually mid 80's F, and lows in the 50's F at night is usual. Mine get lots of sunshine, especially 8am to 2pm, and some filtered shade after 2pm. I like to put a bit of Osmocote in the basket in Spring through Fall, with a dry, cool rest in winter. I get lots of flowers every year, sometimes for several months. A very rewarding species!