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Encyclia fgragrans - growing naturally again...

This is a discussion on Encyclia fgragrans - growing naturally again... within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; As I have said in other posts, I have been putting more and more orchids ...

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    As I have said in other posts, I have been putting more and more orchids onto pieces of wood ; sometimes collected from the forest, and more recently obtained from a tree surgeon. This piece is from an area burnt over by the foresters , to destroy gorse, and allow the natural heathers ( Erica spp.) to regenerate for the benefit of the wildlife . I wired the plant on a few - maybe 3 or 4 - months ago, and it immediately rooted well, and completed the already started growths. The flowers seem particularly good, but I have caught them at their best, I think. About 3 to 3 1/2 inches natural spread. The flowers in pairs, back-to-back.
    I have heard a lot of chat in the past about "the true fragrans" , some people claiming there are many similar species, some of which are not fragrant. I think its more a matter of catching the plant at exactly the right stage. Producing fragrance is expensive in terms of plant energy, so it only does so when the flower is ripe for pollination , which is not necessarily when it first opens.
    The plant normally hangs up - the wire hook may not be very visible, but for the pics, I perched it in a basin. I am not sure what to do if and when I want to take it to a show - perhaps make some stands to hang the plant from - of course I now have more than 500 growing this way, so it will soon be an actual problem, not just a theoretical one !

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    Great looking orchid. Love the roots photos. Looks so healthy.


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    nice photo and blooms, looks at home growing like that

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    Geoff your posts always have such nice information, much less awesome blooms. This is lovely.

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