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Crazy encyclia cochleata

This is a discussion on Crazy encyclia cochleata within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; I have had this for 4 years...a faithful bloomer. Usually will bloom for 8-10 months ...

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    Default Crazy encyclia cochleata

    I have had this for 4 years...a faithful bloomer. Usually will bloom for 8-10 months by blooming from the end of the spike(elongating)..this year it has branched !!!!
    Now I am not complaining ,and my reasoning for it doing this is, I had it on a top shelf where the tip of the spike was touching the ceiling....it thought" I can't grow upwards anymore, so I will grow out " !!!!!!!!! Thought it was kinda neat and wanted to share.
    First pic is the entire orchid...second pic is a close-up of the "branching".
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    Most impressive.
    Got to get 1 of those.

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    That is neat, Gilda! So, is the shelf near your ceiling well lit, or does this one do just fine in lower light levels?


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    Yes, it it gets plenty of light........oncidium light requirements should be fine. I highly recommend this orchid..mine came from Carter and Holmes and it is a Spy Hill X.

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    Very nicely done, Gilda... Master of More Than the Moth, I'd say.....

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    My encyclia cochleata has also started branching from the last two pseudobulbs to bloom, and I have mine only a foot off the ground with nothing blocking it from above, so I wonder if it has more to do with the age of the orchid? I have three new bulbs maturing currently/simultaneously, so I'm waiting to see if these do it too. Attached is a picture of the last inflorescence early on in its lifespan, which is still opening, but is nearing the end now. You can just barely see one of the branches at the bottom of the picture. (It had three in total, and when the main inflorescence started to yellow, I cut it back to the first branch point (the highest) and the lower ones kept on going.) It started last September so it's been going 7 months now. I was also surprised when it sent out three new pseudobulbs nearly simultaneously, all of which are nearing maturity, and the first of which is starting an inflorescence inside the sheath now.

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    Matt,
    Age of the plant could very well be a factor.... I thought mine was strange because the growths are at the very bottom of the current spike ?????

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    Yeah, I noticed that in your picture, that one of them came off right at the very bottom. I had one of mine come off about 6 inches up off the base of the inflorescence, but not quite like yours. It will be interesting how prolific they become, and how long it will keep that bulb in bloom. Give us an update in a few months?
    Thanks for sharing this.
    I'll take this opportunity to comment on how impressed I am with all of your previous postings....very nice. Keep 'em coming!
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    Very nice I just got one of those about 2 weeks ago. It has a bunch of sheaths on the bulbs, but nor flowering yet. How can you tell when the spike is forming or if it is forming at all. Almost every bulb has one, except the oldest smallest ones. Are they realtively easy to bloom?

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    Josh,
    The spike comes from the center of the leaves....notice picture. You are seeing the dried remains of where the bulb formed. Oncidiums/relatives bloom from the sides of the bulbs. Hope this clarifies. Very easy to grow and bloom. I keep mine in the house/east light, as it is always in bloom..

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