Sunday, May 2, 2010

Encyclia selligera

Encyclia selligera - Flower photo by Richard LindbergI bought this Encyclia selligera five years ago. It was in bloom and the little ferns growing with it made it quite attractive. This was at a time when the focus of my collection was Encyclia. I still have quite a few different Encyclia species.

Encyclia selligera - Plant photo by Richard LindbergEncyclia selligera grows in Mexico, the Bahamas and Central America in low altitude forests. It is fragrant.

I learned two important lessons from growing this Encyclia. First, there is a certain sized plant that is too big to mount. Second, ferns grow much faster than orchids.

This picture is of the plant when I bought it. Now it needs to be re-worked and I will as soon as new growth appears. I will pot it and offer it for sale as part of my collection downsizing effort.

2 comments:

  1. My favourite genus is encyclia. Can you tell why you leaved this as your favourite? Other interests or disappointments?

    Martin

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  2. Many of the Encyclia species are large plants with a very long inflorescence. I got very much over-crowded. I am not getting rid of them as a goal, but will sell off the larger ones to recover space.

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