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How to Care for Encyclia Tampensis

This is a discussion on How to Care for Encyclia Tampensis within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Thanks a lot, guys! I'll post pics of it when it blooms. (: I know ...

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    Thanks a lot, guys!
    I'll post pics of it when it blooms. (:

    I know it's one of the hardier orchids out there, but wish me luck!

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    I certainly do wish you every success. And I am sure a bit of attentiveness will be rewarded. It is a lovely and spectacular species which somehow I HAVE STILL NOT GOT ! As an Encyclia enthusiast, I rrrrrealy look forward to seeing your results. I shall be brave and rejoice with you through my tears in the elegant spray of blossom you post! A lovely orchid to start with, I think.

    Go on: get a little companion for your Encyclia! (But perhaps for now steer clear of the Oncidiun tribe, most of which are a bit thirsty and cool-loving and as a result rather demanding.)

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    Absolutely! I was actually considering getting my little orchid a friend. I want to fill up my 8"x8" tree fern slab. (:

    I want one that is native to Florida, since I'll be moving there in a few years (: Perhaps a clamshell orchid would be a good compainion. Any other suggestions? (:

    Encyclias are awesome (:

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    Prosthechea boothiana, is smaller and is endemic in Florida, even if I believe not common. smaller than P. cochleata. I would consider some Tillandsias as well.

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    I grow a couple differnant Encyclia species and hybrids. (Encyclia tampensis, Encyclia cordigera, Encyclia Traci Sellers, and Encyclia rhychophora *now Hormidium rhychophora) my culture is a little differant than most people cause I now grow in a 55 gallon fish tank under four T8 lights, with day temps of 76F and nights at 66F. I also water everyday, depending on what my plants and bark tell me. My humidity is normally between 75% early morning when I mist and 50% by the time i shut off my lights and everything(bark medium) is dry. All my Encyclia's have the same culture and are closest to the tank floor meaning lower light. They have crazy root growth and are doing very well, Another way to not kill roots and stress the plant is to pay attention to the Velamen(the white, sometimes silvery root covering) something i have learned over the years is to pay attention to this to make sure this velamen returns back to white before its night time again. Your plant knows what it wants and it will tell you and show you signs to address to. anyhow, Hope you can sort through my info to gain something from my culture and experience....good luck and good growing

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    I would love to include a P. boothiana and tillandias with the E. tampensis

    That's a pretty sophisicated setup! I bet they're growing like crazy. So the roots should appear white by night time. What other colors does the velamen take on, and what do they mean?

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    AtlantaR has it sorted out! So right: we all watch the velamen (usually without even being aware we're doing it)... we like to see it go green, meaning the roots are getting watered, and go opaque/white/silver again because it means the roots are drying out and not in danger of rotting. If I were an Encyclia, I think I would like to live in Andrew's set-up!

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    Aha! Is this a new future Encyclia buddy? I think so! AtlantaR and stefpix are worth listening to... Prosthecea(Encyclia) boothiana suggested by stefpix is exquisite!
    Quote Originally Posted by mmosley View Post
    Absolutely! I was actually considering getting my little orchid a friend. I want to fill up my 8"x8" tree fern slab. (:

    I want one that is native to Florida, since I'll be moving there in a few years (: Perhaps a clamshell orchid would be a good compainion. Any other suggestions? (:

    Encyclias are awesome (:

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    Great information, guys! I'm reading up on velamen as we speak.

    I'll be on the look out for P. boothiana! Its flowers would go very nicely with E. tampensis.

    Come to think of it, I already have a 10-gallon fish tank with 2 T8 lights stored away. Perhaps I'll resurrect it! (:

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    hahah thanks...i am deffinately an Encyclia buddy and thanks for the compliment Pindar. The past couple of years my plants have gone through tons of stress, as some people on this forum should know...lol....but ever since June this past year I have grown out of 55 gal tanks i aquired. The amount of growth i have seen all around is amazing as well as buds. Tho I do tend to move my plants up and down, closer to the light, as new growths mature. This helps with budding, as most of us know. anyhow, the velamen idea is key tho, i think anyways. Even at orchid meetings or shows, if someone askes me my culture. I dont give them culture advice because everyones environment, care and orchid needs are different. I simply say "watch your velamen" key to not rot the roots, because if you have good roots(with any plant) you have a happy plant(productive plant) And obviously you need to investigate where in the world it grows for conditions and sometimes parents if its a hybid. Sometimes you'll kill the roots and the plant before you can even see velamen...lol..hence my problems with the tiny roots of my Dendrobium tuananhii .....darn thing..well good luck with your tampensis and mounting if you are......Ill post some pictures soon so everyone can see...there are a few on this forum that already grow in tanks and such, tis how i started and got the idea..thanks and peace

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