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Encyclia cordigera, the dark form

This is a discussion on Encyclia cordigera, the dark form within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Unusually (?) the most frequently found form of this species is the "alba" - which ...

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    Default Encyclia cordigera, the dark form

    Unusually (?) the most frequently found form of this species is the "alba" - which has darkish petals and a white lip. It's nice , but IMHO not as nice as this one.
    Flowers maybe 6 cm natural spread. I bought it on a cork mount, which is quite natural - I've seen it growing on an almost bare trunk in Mexico, but it did not prosper for me in that form so I just put the mount into a pot and half filled it with compost, and it's improved in bulb size year-by-year now for several years . This year the largest yet, but not the best flower count. They don't produce very many anyway , but this year it will be a 7, has been a 9 in the past ; but the new growth is also well forward,usually it follows flowering, maybe it will feel happy enough to produce two growths , after the flowers are over... chance will be a fine thing as they say.Name:  Ency.-cordigera-,-dark-form.jpg
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    lovely blooms Geoff,thanks for sharing.

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    Beautiful Encyclia Geoff. It just proves again the diversity in your collection. May I ask what your compost is composed of? Are we talking the usual garden compost (leaves, grass cuttings, etc.), or still more a medium with bark and so on? AL

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    Oh, I realllllly like this dark form!

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    love it love and love it! a really "strike a pose" sort of flower!

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    Quote Originally Posted by orchidsal View Post
    Beautiful Encyclia Geoff. It just proves again the diversity in your collection. May I ask what your compost is composed of? Are we talking the usual garden compost (leaves, grass cuttings, etc.), or still more a medium with bark and so on? AL
    I am sorry indeed if I cause confusion - "compost" means whatever is around the roots. Never grass cuttings/dead flowers/potato peelings/banana skins - which are all on the top of my garden compost heap this morning - well, not actually any grass, as ( I hardly dare admit it ! )
    My grass is artificial - a complete solution to leatherjacket infestation, red-thread infestation, drought causing bare patches. wet spells leading to the grass being replaced by moss, black patches when the contractor who applies the fertilser etc kills the moss - apart from the tyranny of the 5 day interval mowing and the cost of watering in dry spells - I spent US$2000 on water last year....admittedly the strawberries, raspberries, blackberries etc had their share,but the lawn took a lot , although still not enough..

    No the Encyclia has some medium bark and a little sphagnum moss - say 4:1 by volume

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    Green spray paint for fertilizer? For the lawn of course!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedEcho View Post
    Green spray paint for fertilizer? For the lawn of course!
    I like it !

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    Beautiful dark purple orchid color! AND your lawn - wow!!!

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    A lawn that never needs mown! That is a dream come true!

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