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Encyclia cochleata

This is a discussion on Encyclia cochleata within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; I was wondering about the flower size of this plant. I acquired a division of ...

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    I was wondering about the flower size of this plant. I acquired a division of this plant earlier in the year. It wasn't doing so well in the pot so I mounted it. Soon after the new grothe began to produce a flower spike and the first bloom opened today. the flower is very small, much smaller than I expected, no more than 1" long. Is this normal or does it have to do with the stress of being potted and then mounted?

    The new pseudobulb is also considerably smaller than the older ones, could this be a factor as well?

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    Definitely possible factors. As I recall, flowers are generally 1.5 - 2 inches in length.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pavel View Post
    Definitely possible factors. As I recall, flowers are generally 1.5 - 2 inches in length.
    I would agree with Pavel regarding this orchid. Seems like 1.5 inches is correct.

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    Mine has blooms about 10cm long and about 4-6cm wide. BTW, it is now Prosthechea cochleata, no longer Encyclia. Perhaps if you were to feed it a fertilizer slightly higher in P + K (i think...Phosphorus encourages fruit and flower growth and Pottasium encourages strong foliage growth? i think....) such as

    N P K / 15 20 20

    but only in a weak liquid solution. That may help you a bit, oh, and i keep mine on the fridge, it seems to like the warmth it provides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwiorchids View Post
    Mine has blooms about 10cm long and about 4-6cm wide. BTW, it is now Prosthechea cochleata, no longer Encyclia. Perhaps if you were to feed it a fertilizer slightly higher in P + K (i think...Phosphorus encourages fruit and flower growth and Pottasium encourages strong foliage growth? i think....) such as

    N P K / 15 20 20

    but only in a weak liquid solution. That may help you a bit, oh, and i keep mine on the fridge, it seems to like the warmth it provides.
    Some people are so picky about their orchid taxonomy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mauraec View Post
    Some people are so picky about their orchid taxonomy!
    I know, im not usually, but when it comes to my babies, I AM A PERFECTIONIST But it does get rather annoying, especially sitting up all night browsing the Kew database !

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    I knew its new name but I like to call it Encyclia because thats how I learned it and I have trouble remembering to use its new name!

    When I recieved the plant from a member in my society it was in a pot, after a few weeks I noticed that the new roots growing from the new growth kept turning brown when they hit the media, so I took it out of the pot and saw that it was a mess. All of the roots were rotten and mushy so I mounted it, cutting away all of the dead roots. It has since bloomed and lost 2 of the old psuedobulbs, but the new roots still keep turning brown at the tips.

    Could this be because of the water quality?

    Here are some photos of what it looks like now, I don't have any photos of when it was in the pot or when the 2 psuedobulbs went bad.

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    With a plant that is coming back from rough treatment and has a new growth that is smaller than older growths I'm not surprised to see smaller than usual flowers. This species also has quite a range in mature size of the plant and in flower size so comparisons to other plants might not be meaningful. I would expect larger flowers in the future.

    What is it mounted on? Do the root tips seem to turn brown as soon as they come in contact with the mount? If the mount itself had previous exposure to herbicide or salts it might not be the water.

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    Either that, or the water in your area is quite heavy with salts and minerals

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    The mount was a virgin cork mount. So it must be the water.

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