Hi Ron-NY, I'm going to be getting a few Encyclia's. I grow exclusively in a mini greenhouse in an east/ southwest exposure, 24/7 fan, R.H. not < 70%. There's no way I can make a 60 or 65° temperature (inside or outside of that mini greenhouse/certainly not "outside" OUTSIDE, since I live in Michigan) unless I put it in the pantry at night (dark & cool) and then bring it back out in the mini greenhouse during the day. When I say "mini greenhouse", I mean like a small closet (i'm currently blooming Sobralia callosa, Cadetia taylorii, Phalaenopsis _________ Wmt. Hamlyn's Glory, other odds n' ends.). AND MY DOOMED TO FAILURE IF I CAN'T MEET THAT 60 OR 65° NIGHT TEMPERATURE? (Hey my Phalaenopsis was in the pantry every night for about a year and a half...due to cats, until I came up with a mini greenhouse idea (check it out)
---------- Post Merged at 06:53 AM ----------
That's the Phalaenopsis that actually STAYED in the pantry most of it's early life until I got the mini greenhouse, because of my cats. It's so wide, it takes up almost half of a shelf and I've repotted it twice. The roots are as thick as a pencil. Like many "advisors" on here say, don't pay TOO much attention to them. I have a Sobralia callosa I rarely water or look at with no expectations (it's bloomed twice since February). For those of you who are tempted with windowsill growing, just get a CAT....that will prevent you from adopting that habit, LOL.