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Encyclia diota var atroubens

This is a discussion on Encyclia diota var atroubens within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; or Encyclia diota http://keycomm.co.uk/orchids/EncDiAt1.JPG Flowers about 1 1/2" wide. Spike about 60" high with around ...

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    Default Encyclia diota var atroubens

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    http://keycomm.co.uk/orchids/EncDiAt1.JPG

    Flowers about 1 1/2" wide.

    Spike about 60" high with around 65 flowers.
    Has been in s/h for about 8 years (same pot same medium) , has flowered every year.Some times spike is bigger but this is about average.
    Sorry about piccies but difficult to take piccies in growroom.
    Last edited by BigSteve; November 9th, 2013 at 01:51 PM.

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    Very nice spike there! Can you get a close up of one of the flowers? I don't think I've seen this ones' flowers before.

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    There is a link in the post.
    Biggish piccie so linked it.

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    wow that is impressive

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    Your plant was impressive but when I opened the link the bloom was magnificent. What an impressive Encyclia!

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    So cool flower is it common to have spike more than 60" every time in bloom ?

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    I agree - that is a very impressive spike.

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    Thanks guys , what impresses me is the pseudo bulb that this spike came out of is smaller than my thumb !
    In the cooler conditions of my spare bedroom the flowers last for months but in the grow room it will be a lot
    shorter.
    I have a encyclia alta which i have had for the same time as the diota , same conditions & it has spiked twice
    both times just a small spike.The pseudo bulbs are much bigger & the spikes are supposed to be much longer as
    well so decided to switch to my paph/phal mix(medium bark,sponge rock & charcoal).No spike though but it has
    started a new pseudo bulb so maybe a GIANT spike in the spring/summer .

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    Such richly colored flowers!

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    Just an update , first flower dropped today so about 4 months in full flower.I have removed the spike as the pseudo bulbs are getting pretty shriveled.I will water it for a short time to replump them & then rest it.Basically no feed & water sparingly until new growth starts.

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