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Encyclia cordigera, dark form is disappointing this year.

This is a discussion on Encyclia cordigera, dark form is disappointing this year. within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Apparently, from what I have read and been told, this "type" form of the species ...

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    Default Encyclia cordigera, dark form is disappointing this year.

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    Apparently, from what I have read and been told, this "type" form of the species is uncommon, and the common form is the semi-alba with dark tepals and a white lip. Actually the pics don't do justice to the dark fuschia pink lip of the flowers.
    This is a plant I have had for maybe 10 years ; bought mounted on good solid oak bark, it produced smallish bulbs which sometimes flowered. Since it was well rooted, I put the whole thing into a pot, and year by year the bulbs have increased in size, and for the last maybe 4 years it has regularly flowered with 10 or so flowers.
    This year it has made the biggest bulb ever - almost 4 inches high - I have seen Encyclia species ( out of flower) in the wild in Mexico, and this bulb is maybe better than any I have seen in the wild. So I expected much of the flowers - better than ever. But no, considerabl;y poorer than before in fact.
    Then I thought, well perhaps I shall get two new growths - but not so far. The new growth is early, the one which has started, so maybe I shall get a second - the green eye is clearly seen, but still, the flowers are a disappointment, not even as good ( individually) as in previous years..
    You can't win them all, they say.

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    Great color! The plant looks very healthy with plump pseudobulbs. Obviously well grown. Whenever an orchid has a low flower count I always think that it might be insufficient light, but you can never know for sure.

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    Great color!

    Some orchids can have good and bad years. Every second year it "relaxes" and every other it explodes in a more splendid bloom. I heard specificaly about a great large specimen plant of Encyclia vitellina haveing a less good bloom every second year. I hope next years bloom will give you something spectacular!

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    Mabuhay!

    I love the colorrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!

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    It may not be up to your standards, Geoff, but I could sure live with disappointments like that! What beautiful color on this one - I have never seen this before, and I thank you for sharing.

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    Love the healthy p-bulbs on this orchid and of course the dark color of the blooms. Nice.

    cheers,
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    the color is amazing! and the plant looks plump and happy. good growing! don't LOOOOOOOOVE how they smell? i bought one when i walked into a place and realized the candy i could smell was a cordigera. love at first smell.

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