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Euchile (Encyclia) mariae

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by Marni, Jul 30, 2012.

  1. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    These are growing in the intermediate greenhouse and get a drier winter and are mounted on hardwood. There are 4 clones shown here, all of the same importation.

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  2. Uluwehi

    Uluwehi angraecoids, dendrobiums and more Supporting Member

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    Such variation between the clones. Nice to see them all.
     
  3. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    That's a nice comparison. Any tips on the culture? Mine blooms well but the plant is slow to grow and always looks like it is about to die. Do you water it daily in the summer? How much light?
     
  4. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Kelly, it probably should get daily water in the summer, but it isn't together with those plants, maybe I'll move them for August. It gets watered every 3rd day this time of year. They get about the same light as my cattleyas. In the winter they get watered every once in a while and misted every couple of days. They are mounted on bare wood. I know people who say these grow cool, but when I used to grow these cool/cold in the winter they slowly went down hill and then died. These seem to be very happy
     
  5. Reyna

    Reyna Orchid Obsessed Supporting Member

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    Those are beautiful clones, Marni. I particularly like the first one -- very icy green.

    And Kelly --I have one from the SBOE -- bought it a couple of years ago, and it seems to do alright in our crazy hot summers provided I mist it every day and give it some shade. Then once it cools off a bit, I move it back to the cattleya light. Mine grows incredibly slowly as well -- I don't know if that is just my less than ideal conditions or the nature of the species.
     
  6. Uluwehi

    Uluwehi angraecoids, dendrobiums and more Supporting Member

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    I know a grower who has a really impressive specimen whose greenhouse drops to about 12°C/54°F pretty much every night of the year, rising to 26-29°C/80-84°F in the daytime.

    Also, it seems like the outdoor temperatures year-round in the Los Angeles area are ideal for this species: http://www.orchidsforum.com/threads/euchile-mariae.8834/
     
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    I grow mine warmer in the summer, and it produces stronger growths too. I still keep mine cooler and drier in the winter though.
     
  8. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Thanks, Tom, I may try a few of them cooler this winter.
     
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    Reyna Orchid Obsessed Supporting Member

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    Thanks for the culture tips -- maybe I can get mine to grow a bit faster than turtle speed. :)
     
  10. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Thanks, all, for the info. I may be growing mine too bright and too warm. I'll move it and see what happens.