Great Job Connie!
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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 ...
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.
And since I got since a late start to my spring re-potting, as you can see my spikes have already begun developing.
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.
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.
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.
Great Job Connie!
very nice Connie!
Great work Connie.. I bet it will be a stunner again this year!
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.
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.
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.
How did you grow it outside, and what is your low temperature?
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...