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Okay what do I have to do to get this silly thing to bloom?

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    Default Okay what do I have to do to get this silly thing to bloom?

    Encyclia porpax -- don't remember what its genus name has been changed to -- has been growing in my terr for over a year now but no sign of spiking.

    Leaf color looks good to me [it's lighter green than it appears in the picture] but ..... what do I know
    Last edited by pavel; August 22nd, 2007 at 09:26 PM.

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    wetfeet101b is offline It's not dead! It's just permanently dormant.
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    I had a similar plant like that (won through a raffle) and we never had a proper ID.
    The donor believed it was an epidendrum but given all the taxonomical musical chairs I would not be surprised if its now called a different genus.

    It never bloomed for me either. It just kept producing new canes and aerial roots. It was almost in full sun and the leaf tips had a purple tint, but no spikes. I had it for about three years before I gave up and it "disappeared".
    I tried generic epidendrum culture - no flowers.
    I tried dendrobium nobile culture - no flowers and almost wilted to death.

    Just for kicks, here's an encyclia porpax that I saw in Hawaii a couple of years ago. No flowers too despite overall good health.
    The curator at the Botanical Gardens said he never saw it bloom either. And this is in Hawaii!


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    I have two of them, one an alba and It is Epi porpax. It may go under a new species name with all the changes but that can be checked at Kew site.

    I grow it intermediate, medium bright light. I have one mounted on cork and the other used to be in a small plastic pot filled with fine gravel. I now have it growing in treefern pot and it is presently getting ready to bloom. I should have a new pic of it by next week. The flower looks like a little beetle.

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