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Hello! New M. tenuifolia and E. cordigera- how much water is enough?

This is a discussion on Hello! New M. tenuifolia and E. cordigera- how much water is enough? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hello everybody: Last month I purchased an Encyclia cordigera and a Maxillaria tenuifolia at a ...

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    Default Hello! New M. tenuifolia and E. cordigera- how much water is enough?

    Hello everybody:

    Last month I purchased an Encyclia cordigera and a Maxillaria tenuifolia at a big box store. Both are beat up (but that's okay- recovery helps me learn "orchidology"...) and fairly small plants. They were both in moss and fairly wretched so I repotted them in fresh moss and removed dead roots, etc. Presently they both are showing new growth.

    I've read that both orchids require frequent watering, but, just how frequent? I grow at a windowsill and watering in this environment can be tricky sometimes. Some online sources state to keep them both almost drenched but that seems extreme to me. Should I leave them in moss or should I use a grade of bark? Any guidance would be appreciated with these two little treasures.

    My home has low humidity (I use trays), I'm in the midwest U.S.A and my orchids sit at an east window. Not a perfect environment for orchids, but I try to keep my collection limited to orchids that will grow in this type of world.


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    The Encyclia are interesting plants. Mine are mostly potted in very extra dry like ways...usually with tree fern only, or those clay s/h pellets or really huge pieces of bark or most commonly, mounted. Their roots dont get thick and can be easy to over water. They take a ton of sun...only slightly less than my shomburgkia, which can go almost full sun here. Watering should be done according to how you pot it up...they need to go dry between waterings. Hopefully someone out west that grows Encyclia will be able to tell you if the spag will work okay. That can be the kiss of death down here in humid Florida.

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    I agree with Connie. Encyclias have large psuedobulbs which gives you a clue that they are equipped to endure long dry spells. I grow mine in small open baskets with fast drying medium, like tree fern fiber. I drench the plants really well twice a week in the summer and once a week in the winter. Like Connie said, they like fairly bright light. They're also excellent candidates for mounting but I've never grown them that way.

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