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Encyclia profusa

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by PhalGal, Apr 1, 2015.

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  1. PhalGal

    PhalGal Rachel

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    This is a lovely species from Colombia that I recently bought at a show when i was captivated by its fragrance. The flower is so delicate, and I really like the purple veining. I am planning on mounting a Tolumnia that I got at the same show and am considering doing the same with this orchid but have read that these plants grow quite large and I'm not sure if that would b best. Its potted in coarse bark/charcoal now. Advice anyone? I want to do what's best for it.:) IMG_20150329_163133.jpg IMG_20150401_131750158_HDR.jpg
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I think the name is Encyclia profusa. Would you like me to change the title?
     
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    PhalGal Rachel

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    Thanks Marni...the vendor must have misspelled that name on the handwritten tag that came in the plant. Any advice on the care of this species?
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I've never grown it so can't help with information. Andy's Orchids has some cultural notes here. Also, just below my post is a link for one posted here on the forum.
     
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    It seems to be happy! It gets 2-3 hours of direct sun each day in this window. I watched it closely for sunburn the first week but it appears to be tougher than I thought. The smell is AMAZING! ...like a mix of jasmine and magnolia. IMG_20150416_071514375.jpg
     
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    MIne gets full sun for half the day, same mix as yours. I water heavily in the south Florida heat. Mine grows like a weed, hot bright and humid. Has about 20 pseudobulbs with five spikes right now yet to open.
     
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    Several yrs ago I bought an Encyclia summer perfume from Santa Barbara Estate It quickly became huge .Can't imagine it on a mount. Grew mine in a shade structure outside in So. Calif. Great bloomer and vry fragant. Easy grower!
     
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    dr_dmd The dr's out... in the greenhouse!

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    Enc Summer Perfume is a vigorous grower! I need to up-pot mine about every 2 years!

    Enc profusa does have a wonderful fragrance. Reminds me of lime candy, like those Pez pellets we ate as kids. Or maybe sweet tarts candies (sp??). A very nice encyclia!