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Encyclia cordigera

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by Ricardo, Feb 25, 2017.

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  1. Ricardo

    Ricardo Slave of demanding bird

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    Deliciously fragrant encycordiger.jpg
     
  2. Kipper

    Kipper CoffeeCoffeeCoffee... Supporting Member

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    Love it...
     
  3. QuetzalOrchid

    QuetzalOrchid New Member

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    That's beautiful. Wish there was smellovision here. I'd really like to get some pointers on how to flower Encyclia cordigera. I have one that just refuses to bloom.
    It spends the summers outside here in eastern Canada (June to mid September) and then it grows on the windowsill with supplemental lighting.
    The current PB is quite fat and the leaves are tinged with a bit of red. I'm never sure if I'm supposed to give this one a winter rest.
    Thanks for your comments.
     
  4. Ricardo

    Ricardo Slave of demanding bird

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    My guess as to the reason a healthy and well cultivated cordigera doesn't bloom would be that the plant is not getting the environmental cues that prompt blooming. My cordigeras bloom after the days start getting longer. Are your plants getting artificial light with no seasonal variation?
     
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    The plant is getting increasing amounts of daylight (up from 10 hours to 13 hours. I will be increasing it more at the end of March to 14 ish hours.
    It gets quite the warm days but also the cooler nights in winter 28 C daytime and 13 C at night. If it isn't sunny, it probably doesn't get much warmer than 20 C during the day.
    I thought it should have some kind of sheath after the PB was mature but I don't see anything yet. Perhaps it will oblige when it gets more tropical conditions in spring and summer.
     
  6. Ricardo

    Ricardo Slave of demanding bird

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    Hope it blooms
     
  7. dr_dmd

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

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    One of my favorites among the Encyclias, of which I have many! Love them. Thanks for the nice shot.