Monday, March 23, 2009

Epicattleya Rene Marquez 'Flame Thrower' HCC/AOS in bloom

Epicattleya Rene Marquez 'Flame Thrower' HCC/AOS - Photo by Richard LindbergI have had this Epicattleya (Epc) Rene Marquez 'Flame Thrower' HCC/AOS a little over a year. The parentage of this cross is Epidendron pseudepidendrum x (Cattleya intermedia) x (Cattleya loddigesii). I looked at pictures of all of them and I didn't see much to predict the resulting hybrid. But you can certainly see where the clonal name 'Flame Thrower' comes from.

This is the first time it has bloomed and it produced only one flower. I am actually quite happy with its progress since the new growth much taller than any previous growth. I am sure there will be even taller canes next year along with a lot more flowers.

I have the plant in a 2 1/2-inch pot in pea gravel. The plant has room for a couple more years growth on top but there has been plenty of new root growth, so I am going to at least un-pot it when new growth starts to see how crowded it has become.

2 comments:

  1. I have this plant, too. Be sure NOT to cut the inflorescence because mine sent offshoot blooms from the middle (not the end) and in a few short months, it bloomed again and was just gorgeous. It did it in parallel--one on each side. I had no idea it would do this. I actually thought, since the inflorescence was still green, that it may grow from the end like a Paph. Good luck!

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  2. Thanks for the tip, I'll keep an eye on it for more flowers.

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