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Encyclia belizensis - New Basket Time

This is a discussion on Encyclia belizensis - New Basket Time within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I am spending my days outside re-potting and de-bugging. Going shelf to shelf evaluating each ...

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    Cool Encyclia belizensis - New Basket Time

    I am spending my days outside re-potting and de-bugging. Going shelf to shelf evaluating each plant in an effort to catch up. I have an Encyclia belizensis that bloomed with over 250 flowers last year that is slowly overgrowing it's wood basket.

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    And since I got since a late start to my spring re-potting, as you can see my spikes have already begun developing.

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    I find the next size basket I have available. I sat it into the other basket and realized I need to put something in the bottom and on two sides. For the bottom I used a broken piece from a clay pot and the sides I used a few pieces of cork or you could use large chunk charcoal. I break a ton of clay pots so I almost always have these around.

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    I moved the wire hangar to the outer basket and put the Encyclia back to it's new perch in the bamboo orchid jungle, aka the vanda section and I am done.

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    Raising Encyclia in Florida, especially if you can hang them in a tree...well I call them a cruise control plant because about the only thing I have to do to bloom them is water them like a Vanda. And re-potting becomes very very easy when they are in a wood basket. I have also re-potted two other Encyclia this week. One is a hybrid that I put on a tree fern ball. The other, a species, was mounted on a piece of pine wood my construction guys left behind. I will update this post with the progress of all three plants in a few weeks as they attach to their new mounts and baskets.

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    Great Job Connie!

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    very nice Connie!

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    Great work Connie.. I bet it will be a stunner again this year!

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    Your new basket looks great. I agree, encyclias are very easy to grow in Florida. I also agree with potting up rather than dividing orchids. Large, well established plants grow and flower so much better when they aren't disturbed. Excellent job on that one.

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    I love the easy way to repot. I only have a few hanging orchids and they all are easier to work with than the potted ones.

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    wow. what a nice big healthy looking orchid. encyclia was my new experimental orchid type last year, and the only blooming size one i got is in spike again, after living outside all winter. it's a cordigera, and it is not listed as being temperature tolerant, although some encyclia are, but it did just fine, as did the 2 smaller encyclias i bought. i really like these no-fuss orchids.

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    How did you grow it outside, and what is your low temperature?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedEcho View Post
    How did you grow it outside, and what is your low temperature?
    My Belizensis is spoiled, it hangs with the vanda in the winter when they are put in the greenhouse. I keep all my Encyclia on the same shelf in front of a vent that opens and lets cool air in. In the winter they go down to around 58 F at the lowest. Being over-wintered in a greenhouse though means their daytime temps may stay around 85. They get watered like a vanda for the most part. Then in the spring when temps are above 60 at night outside they get moved into the Vanda area. I keep my potted plants at the farthest point from the hose, basket plants go in the middle, then Encylia, then Vanda. Watering is most often closest to the hose bib. The cattleya in pots at the far end get the least waterings...I came up with this system to help keep from overwatering the Cattleya. As for sunlight, they get sun all day, and are barely shaded from the afternoons hottest sun. Sometimes I use fronds from the palms in my yard for screening, but for the most part they get very little shading. Encyclia seem to begin spiking in spring time here and take about a month for buds to begin blooming. Some plants will bloom twice a year, other's only once. Oh, one other thing...I mount or put them in baskets. I find that they love to stretch their roots out along a piece of wood. The plants that are in wood baskets or mounted bloom much better than my Encyclia in pots. Hope this helps...

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    Time for an update: I am not sure how many flowers I will get per spike since there were a couple 2 or 3 months where I was not spraying or fertilizing this winter. Having said that, the monster has thrown out 9 spikes this year! I may have to show it finally...

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