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Encyclia Cochleata

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    Hands up if you are sick of me asking questions!!!!!!!! I have a couple of orchid books but they don't seem to cover the kind of things I am curious about.

    This is my new orchid. He (yes, He ) smells lovely There are nine pseudobulbs (is that the right term?) in the pot, going from a small one popping out of the bark to the larger ones. Only one of them has a flower spike that is active- there is one with an inch of dead spike where I assume it has been cut back. There is also one bulb, an old one I assume, that just has some brown tatters on the top of it.

    All I want to know is will it be ok in that pot with nine pbulbs. If so, fantastic, because I'm not so sure I'm ready to start diving into the world of separating them. If there are too many.......hmmm I may panic lol.

    Anyway, I hope he will be ok. Like I say, he smells really nice, and there are still a few growths on the spike that have yet to develop. I will take a close pic of the blooms when they have recovered a bit - think they are a bit run down by the journey home!
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    I would not divide this orchid, but would consider repotting if that medium is not fresh. It looks perfectly healthy. You really should only divide when you can include at least three back p-bulbs with each new growth. The older p-bulbs, though they never will bloom again, provide nourishment to the newer growth. Eventually, the older ones will shrivel up and die away. Once they are dead and dry, they are easily removed from the potting medium.

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    Howdy Bruce,

    Is it safe to repot it even if it is in flower? I have a few in mixes that aren't ideal when bought, but with them being in flower I was reluctant to repot them.

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    I would wait to repot until done flowering and at a time of new growth developement (also means new root growth, most of the time) The only time I repot while in bloom is if it is an emergency (bad mix or dense moss)

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    Hi ALL, just to deviate a bit. What are the growing requirements of this particular plant? I have seen this plant at the nursery and was tempted to buy it but i don't know if it can be grown indoors with a west facing window that has a sun shade outside the window (I know what you are thinking....but it is an apartment!!!). I get only about 2-3 hours of intense sunlight late afternoon sun. Have day curtains too....thanks in advance.

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    From what I have read, they do well in good light - west window or south window with shade curtain, with lots of humidity and good air movement. I will be growing mine in an apartment as of sunday

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