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First UFO Epi bloom

This is a discussion on First UFO Epi bloom within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Ok considering I'm still really new to the whole orchid thing, and even newer to ...

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    Ok considering I'm still really new to the whole orchid thing, and even newer to Epis, can someone give me a idea of how big do they normally get?

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    Epidendrums such as my Epidendrum Salmon Sunset can sprawl like three feet or more (more horizontal than vertical).The branches and aerial roots elongate and go every which way on some. Bruce and I have the same Epi and this one in particular is almost more weed like than orchid like, but it has become something of a pretty ever bloomer. Not drop dead gorgeous mind, but nice. I am sure someone can tell you about even bigger Epi's. AL

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    Just great, Tamara. There are some beautiful hybrids out there now days. This is one of them!

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    This is why I love this place; you guys make orchid dummies like me not feel so dumb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dazed View Post
    Ok considering I'm still really new to the whole orchid thing, and even newer to Epis, can someone give me a idea of how big do they normally get?
    I've had reed-stem epidendrums that reached 4 feet tall even without the inflorescence. The flower stem adds another 3 feet.
    And they don't only grow tall, they also grow fast and in bunches.

    Check out this picture I had from last year. The epi's are the plants on the right side.


    I was also growing out some divisions. These are two-year olds that grew larger than the cymbidiums - what was I thinking!

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    OH...my ...gosh! Who's the little girl? Too cute! Ahh what were you showing me again?

    Crud, that is big! So what do I do when it gets bigger? I know that most orchids usually like their feet cramped up, are these like that? Right now I'm happy with how it growing but I want to be ready since it's such a fast grower.

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    Very cute orchid. Love the bright color!

    cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dazed View Post
    Crud, that is big! So what do I do when it gets bigger? I know that most orchids usually like their feet cramped up, are these like that? Right now I'm happy with how it growing but I want to be ready since it's such a fast grower.
    For my larger reed stem epidendrums after the canes finish blooming, I cut the canes down to about 6 inches from the surface of the potting mix. This will force the plant to shoot new canes from the bottom the following season.
    If you do not cut down the mature growths post-bloom, they will shoot keikis from anywhere along the length of the cane and you can end up with a tangled mess of keikis.
    Growths from the main plant's rhizome will also be more robust and bloom better than any of the keikis.

    However, If you are intentionally growing keikis for propagation then leave the mature canes alone until you can pick off the keikis.

    Reed stem epidendrums are semi-terrestrial so getting crowded in a pot is not really a big issue.
    One thing to consider is that since these can get tall, the pots need to be big or heavy enough so they do not topple over. That is not a problem for the miniature hybrids.

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    Thank you, John for that info. I have several pots of Reed stem Epis. which are in a tangled mess so much so that I have been trying to give them away.
    I have been cutting off the dead blooms at a node or two just beneath the bloom, and this only causes a keiki to grow. Many times that keiki will produce a flower if left alone long enough, but the plant itself becomes very tangled and untidy, not to mention I end up with far more keikis than I could ever want. I will go out this very day and start trying out your Method.
    Thanks again, this is why this Forum is the best!!!!

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    What a cutie! John that is your daughter, right?

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