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Epidendrum kockii

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by Chuck-NH, Jul 24, 2018.

  1. Chuck-NH

    Chuck-NH Well-Known Member

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    This is the first bloom for this miniature Peruvian cool grower. I grow fairly bright and wet.

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    Nice and quite unusual!
     
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    Congratulations!
     
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    Chuck-NH Well-Known Member

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    Thank you! This was a plant I got from Karol Villenas when she was at the POE.
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Hopefully she will be back next year. I have had a number of plants from both Peruflora and more recently from Karol. I've had a high mortality and misidentifications in the beginning. I recently bloomed my first one. A snail got to it first, but I did save pollen. Maybe we can do something with it.
     
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    Chuck-NH Well-Known Member

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    Yes...mine appears vigorous enough to hold a pod if you want to try it?

    Yes, have had misidentifications in the past as well.
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Let's give it a go. A friend bought a plant from Peruflora because it had a capsule on it. He sent it to me to flask. After a number of years we finally got blooming sized plants. Unfortunately, they weren't Epi kockii.
     
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    Beautiful Chuck, mine is in bud right now. First time for me. :)
     
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    Hi Chuck ... new to this forum but found your post hunting around for cultural info on Epi kockii any chance i could coax some info from you?

    like day night temp differential, potting mix, watering regime, etc......

    i just came across the species on the ecuagenera site... and i can still get a plant added to my pre-order at the sepos show in April.. just trying to figure out how likely it will be to end up in my dead plant tag pile ;-)
     
  10. Chuck-NH

    Chuck-NH Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the forum.

    I grow it cool (although it also has no issues during our warm, humid New England Summers) and moist, never dries out. This time of year the differential could be 25 F on a sunny day. It lives in a small terra cotta pot, with an NZ Sphagnum mix (plus tree fern fiber and sponge rock). It receives bright light and is growing right beside Dendrobium cuthbertsonii. Currently it has 4 buds.
     
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    the 'right next to cuthbertsonii' is a key bit of info.... i cannot grow that in my greenhouse... so i know i have some risk there... thanx that was all very helpful...
     
  12. DanaRaluca

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    What a beautiful species. I didn't know about it. The flower seems very big compared to the plant
     
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    Well, I have heard (can’t remember where) that this can be grown more to the intermediate side...and it had no issues in the Summer, whereas some of my real cool growers have to be babied a bit. Maybe someone else on the forum has additional personal experience?
     
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    Thank you Dana and yes, they are quite large. Also interesting was that it bloomed in July last year and has now just opened two flowers today. Hopefully twice a year would be nice.
     
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    Very nice! I probably keep it a bit warmer; 55-60F/65-70F in the winter and 65F/85F in the summer. It hasn't flowered yet (it was a bit weak when I got it from PeruFlora), but it seems to grow well. I didn't know that they like to be moist/wet. I was letting it dry out completely between watering. Thank you for the tip!
     
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    This is really strange! The new blooms just started opening 2 days ago. They appear to be much larger and better shaped than last July, but note the variation in color...much less red. I wonder if light or temperature differences are a factor?

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    :) It's like you have 2 different plants instead of 1.
     
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    Wow, they are quite different in terms of the color. It would be interesting if it flowers again in the summer.
     
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    Update...this is the current blooming. It would appear that this clone is consistently more red in the Summer.
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    That's an interesting observation, Chuck!