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Encyclia cochleata fans: little advice here?

This is a discussion on Encyclia cochleata fans: little advice here? within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Originally Posted by Cewal I agree that you should treat yourself to more orchids. Me ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cewal View Post
    I agree that you should treat yourself to more orchids.
    Me too!!!
    (of course, you realize you are taking advice from orchid addicts!)

    As to easy, beginner orchids...think about what light level you can offer on your windowsills (unless you are willing to supplement with lights)...that's a good place to start. Also, as you shop, look into how big they will get. I have a couple that are pretty tall, but I couldn't have my whole collection too tall, or they'd never fit in the nooks and crannies I have available (luckily in Texas, they can spend most of summer outdoors),

    I like mini-catt hybrids. My easiest, best grower is Eplc Don Herman 'Gold Rush'. It is very forgiving. But, it does need a good bit of light in order to bloom.

    As for paphs, I am no expert, but I seem to recall that some are pretty easy, and some (esp multiflorals) may be a good bit harder. My only paph is a mottled-leaf NOID, that survives well, and re-blooms occasionally...I guess I need to see what would make him happy enough to bloom consistently.

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    Mini-carts are too cute! I assumed they would be hard to care for, I don't know why. Now I need to look into them!!!!
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    Too funny....iPhone corrected "catts" to "carts", didn't even notice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dtimms View Post
    Thank you Minda!!! Can I show this to my husband????

    Always open to any suggestions that will be good for a beginner and happy on a windowsill... I have this encyclia and 2 phals, plus another one I'm rehabbing after an overwatering incident (totally my fault, lesson learned). I though a paph might be a little different but maybe not too fussy. Doing the research and learning all about orchid culture is so much fun!
    If you are growing indoors, I think a Maudiae hybrid paph would be among the easiest. Especially if you tend to like to water. They are much less needy as far as light is concerned and are good in damper media than most. Just be sure that you are being pretty consistent with watering habits...don't go moist, then dry, then moist, then dry, etc....And as was mentioned in another thread here, don't go too heavy on fertilizers. I have four that I thought I would kill, but three of them are in spike! One is a second blooming after only six months.

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    Diane, I have one that blooms a LOT. But it is in a greenhouse, where it gets a 20 to 25 degree drop in temperature at night. Yours DOES look like a spike is trying to form...Have you tried a blossom booster fertilizer? I find it that it does help produce bigger, and more blooms. This has been my experience/opinion...Betty :-)

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    Betty, from searching the posts here you seem like the encyclia expert! I'm so happy to hear you agree that it's a spike! When I figure out how to send/receive private messages I'd love to know what fertilizer you have experience with because I'm just using a regular orchid fertilizer. Any other tips would be much appreciated--- do you recommend a humidity tray?
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    Betty does know her encyclias! Take her advice!

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    I am NO EXPERT! I've just been growing them a long time...and have made LOTS of mistakes! I think that everyone kills their fair share of orchids when first starting out...I know I did. LOL! Betty :-)

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    Hhhm...I've been looking for an encyclia expert. I just got a small (3 pbulb) enc. randii, my first encyclia. Any partciluar words of wisdom on it?

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