Encyclia (Summer Perfume x Adenocaule v. Kennedy)

IMG_2854.JPGI purchased this Encyclia (Summer Perfume x Adenocaule v. Kennedy) at the Santa Barbara Orchid Estate in my visit to their open house on July 8th.  I looked at this plant for some time before purchasing it, as I couldn’t envision how it would fit in my orchid rooms.  I how see it in a wood or plastic basket hanging in the solarium, with many spikes and pink fragrant flowers coming out at all angles.

From orchid-care-tips.com [my edits]:

Encyclia orchids, relatives of the other Cattleya alliance orchids, require somewhat similar care. […]  The flower stems emerge from the top of a round pseudobulb, and do not emerge from a sheath; and there are 2-3 leaves at the top of the pseudobulb. The plants usually have several flowers arranged along a lengthy inflorescence, and the flowers are fragrant […]. They come from relatively low elevations, and are distributed from Florida through Mexico and the Caribbean, and into parts of South America.

Provide bright lighting, similar to Cattleyas or even more. […] Direct sunlight is beneficial so long as the plants are adapted to it slowly, though there will likely be a bit of sunburn occasionally.

It’s important to choose a potting mix that will dry out quickly after each watering, such as coarse fir bark, as they prefer to dry out very rapidly, within a few hours. They will also dry out more quickly if you avoid using too large a pot; keep them a bit pot-bound.

These are plants that like to stay rather dry. The South American species don’t need to be watered very often at all, and get most of their moisture from high humidity. Caribbean species like to be watered a bit more often, such as once a week. They expect a dry rest in winter, when they receive less water; increase watering somewhat when new growth starts, back off when the new growths are almost mature. For species from Florida and the Caribbean, try watering every 5 days during summer and every two weeks in winter.

The intermediate conditions of my solarium should be perfect for this plant.  In Santa Barbara they can grow outside.

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