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Encyclia (Prosthechea) vitellina

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by pcolman, Mar 25, 2019.

  1. pcolman

    pcolman Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    I got this plant last summer, and my conditions are not ideal for it (too warm). But the growths matured normally, it spiked, and the flowers came out fine. Though I did knock the first bud off just as it was about to open (boo!) So imagine one more flower. I believe this is the first bloom for this seedling (the previous growth has what looks like a dried up empty sheath.)

    The flowers are about 1¼" wide, with heavy substance, and long lasting. First bloom has been open for over a month. The color is so bright and cheery. I'm growing it in high light with daily watering year-round (generally completely dry before the next watering), plenty of air flow, and intermediate but with 50°F winter nights for about 2 months. Ideally it should be grown cool-intermediate or cool, but this is what I can manage.

    Encyclia vitellina.jpg Encyclia vitellina inflorescence.jpg Encyclia vitellina flower.jpg
     
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  2. RustyExotics

    RustyExotics Nicholas - It's a terrestrial thing

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    Yup, that's on the list now. The red-orange of the flowers is just outstanding.
     
  3. naoki

    naoki Well-Known Member

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    Beautiful orange!
     
  4. pcolman

    pcolman Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Two spikes, 13 flowers, 1 bud.

    Encyclia vitellina 05.25.20.jpg Encyclia vitellina flowers 05.25.20.jpg
     
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  5. DarleneJay

    DarleneJay Well-Known Member

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    Magnificent! This is a cool grower, correct?
     
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    pcolman Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    The plant would probably look nicer if grown cool. But it flowers fine. I'm growing it intermediate.
     
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    DarleneJay Well-Known Member

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    Intermediate is clearly working well!
     
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    The flowers look great!

    This species is quite temperature tolerant. I’m also growing my plant somewhat too warm and it shows mainly in the pseudobulbs which get elongated. Maybe the flowers possibly could get a deeper red color if grown cooler.