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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; Hey, guys! I'm a bromeliad collector, but I'm new to orchids, so I was wondering ...

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    Hey, guys! I'm a bromeliad collector, but I'm new to orchids, so I was wondering if you guys could help me learn how to best take care of my Encyclia tampensis. I'm learning a lot about orchids, but I still have questions.

    What is the best kind of orchid bark for it? & How often should it be changed?
    How often should it be watered indoors (in a plastic pot) during the winter months? Summer months?
    How often should it be repotted?
    How often should I fertilize it during the summer? Which brand works best? How much?
    Will a plastic pot be ok for it, or would an orchid basket be better?

    Any advice or anecdotes from personal experience would be great!

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    Welcome aboard!

    E. tampensis is one of the first orchids I acquired. They grew in the oak trees when I lived in southern Florida.

    I now grow mine in a sunroom in Chicago, IL. I have mine on a tree fern slab. In the summer I water two to three times a week, until the pseudobulbs swell on the new growths, and then I switch to winter watering of once per week. During the summer I fertilize once a week (weakly), and then once a month during the winter. I grow my plant in strong light (30% tinted windows) and the leaves are light green.

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    Thanks for the info! Just ordered a tree fern slab online. When is the best time of year to mount it?
    Also, what brand of fertilizer do you use? Do you mix it with water? If so, what is the ratio and amount/sprays applied?

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    Hi! Best time to mount an orchid is also the best time to repot or do anything really: when it is in active growth- new new shoots and roots are coming and are still short... whenever that is for you.

    Feed: there are "special orchid feeds" out there and they are of course fine, but any plant food will do. In the orchid society here we mostly use tomato feed in the summer to promote flowering- as you would for fruit. The main thing is: use it HALF STRENGTH and flush it out by using plain water for the next couple of waterings. And you will be fine. Happy days.

    (I have found a very soft and gentle feed that you use in every watering and is most excellent, but I don't think it is available in the States)

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    I'll just add welcome to OrchidTalk and wish you success with your Encyclia Tampensis.

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    Thanks for the welcome & all the info! Now, if i fertilized it on a Monday, i should go ahead & flush it with water a few days later, or right after fertilizing?
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    Not right away. Simply use plain water at your next two waterings. That way you give the plant some time to benefit from the feed, but by washing it away when you next water, you don't let the salts accumulate and foul the rooting medium (bark chips or whatever).
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    Thanks for the welcome & all the info! Now, if i fertilized it on a Monday, i should go ahead & flush it with water a few days later, or right after fertilizing?
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    Thanks!
    So in summary, sun exposure: an east-facing window, or morning sun exposure only.
    Watering schedule: once/ week during the summer, and once every 2 weeks during the winter indoors.
    Fertilization schedule: during the summer, spray entire plant once every two weeks after watering it. The other two weeks, just water it in order to prevent salt accumulation from fertilizer. Fertilize with a water-soluble orchid fertilizer, but at half strength.

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    IT depends on the relative humidity. if you have 10 % RH, central heating/ radiators and a mounted plant you may have to water every day. it is not like in humid FL. Apartments in the winter can be warmer and drier than the outdoor spaces in Miami

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    sun exposure: sounds good
    Watering schedule: once a week sounds good for winter, but for summer it is not enough- water when the rooting medium is light and getting dry... water when necessary (it will probably be around every third day or so: it depends on your summer conditions). Just keep an eye on it just as you do with your bromeliads or any plants.
    Fertilization schedule: At every third watering simply add fertilizer at falf strength to the water with which you water the plant. That's it.

    You bring up spraying: a daily spraying with water is useful for raising humidity. (I don't spray because I like to avoid leaving deposits on the foliage.)

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