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Encyclia cochleata fans: little advice here?

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    I bought an encyclia cochleata a year ago from a local grower as my first orchid. She recommended it as a great "starter orchid" because it would be easy to grow and bloom. The advice she gave me was to water it once per week so it would dry out between waterings, to fertilize every other week, and put it in a window where it would get morning sunlight. It's potted in coconut husk with some perlite. I was told to repot when the pseudobulbs had grown all the way across the pot. Since I've had it, the foliage has grown and there are lots more pseudobulbs, but never a bloom.

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    It looks healthy to me... but what do I know? And I think it's getting ready to spike from at least 2 areas, but on of them I noticed at the beginning of the summer and it hasn't advanced at all. Then a few weeks ago I saw another "pre-spike" that's a little bigger. I hope you can see it in the middle of this photo:

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    Any suggestions to help things along? What else should I be doing? Any general advice on keeping this type of orchid would be much apprectiated-- it's hard to find information about it. I didn't even know what the blooms would look like until I joined the forum, now I'm so excited!!!

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    I just bought my first encyclia...mine is just a baby though, and a different variety (enc. randii). Anyway, I too am looking for more info on growing encyclias.

    Hope to see pic of your blooms soon!

    Kathi

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    It is a great starter orchid. This one looks a little on the small side to bloom for Encyclia cochleata, though you may be right that a sheath is forming. It looks healthy, but perhaps a little more light would encourage it.

    You might also find this one listed as Anacheilium cochleatum or Prosthechea cochleata.

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    Is it just getting near blooming size? That explains a lot! Unless these guys sprout a third leaf from in between 2 existing leaves, I've got now 3 areas that look like a tiny sheath. I'll look for a sunnier spot. Right now it's in a southeastern facing window. I think.

    Kathi, keep me posted if you learn any new tricks!!!
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    It seems to me that your plant its getting enought light because the foliage is light green so it hasnt bloomed because it wasnt big enough but hopefully those are spike your seeing and it will bloom soon. GOod luck and keep us posted =)

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    Thank you!!!! Hoping I'll have nice pictures to post sometime soon.... I made a deal with myself that if I can get this one to bloom, I can get another orchid :-)

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    If i were you i would get more orchids that are in bloom or about to bloom so the wait wont seem too long lol and that way you will have more

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    That's the plan!!!! I didn't realize this one would be over a year. I don't mind waiting if I'm expecting it, but I had myself convinced that there were no blooms because I did something wrong in caring for the plant! If I can get this guy to bloom, at least I know I'm capable and my conditions aren't too far off base. I have a couple of Phals now that are in bloom (came that way) but I think I'd like to try a Paph next....

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    I agree that you should treat yourself to more orchids.

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    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!

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