Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Encyclia tampensis in bloom

Stanhopea tigrina watch: Day seven. (Mouse over the picture) Yesterday the buds didn't grow but the got farther apart. The pictures show the changes each day for the last four days.

For today, life has caught up with me and I have places to go and people to see. I may not be here if it opens today or tomorrow. There are, however, three more spikes developing so I will have another chance and better knowledge of the process.

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Encyclia tampensis - Photo by Richard LindbergThe genus Encyclia (Encycl) contains 240 species that grow throughout all of tropical America and the West Indies. They prefer intermediate conditions and a long, dry winter rest.

Encyclia tampensis grows in Florida and the Bahamas at low altitudes and hot conditions. It is fragrant, needs moderate light and blooms in spring.

I have had this plant for quite awhile. It was one of my first Encyclia and helped generate my interest in that genus. This year it is blooming less well than usual, but that is entirely my fault. Last fall I moved it "temporarily" and never moved it back to proper light. I will correct that as soon as I fix the hanger. I have time to do that before going to Sonoma today.

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