Monday, April 9, 2012

Encyclia selligera

Encyclia selligera - Flower photo by Richard LindbergEncyclia selligera - Plant photo by Richard LindbergThe Encyclia selligera is in bloom again. It is very reliable, blooming every year no matter where it ends up in the greenhouse. It gets moved around because it is large and shading other plants.

Encyclia selligera grows in Mexico, the Bahamas and Central America in low altitude forests. It is fragrant. The genus Encyclia (Encycl) contains 240 species that grow throughout all of tropical America and the West Indies.

I have had it seven years. In that context, I would have to say that it is not doing all that well. The mount is the original piece of cork and it has never been divided. My guess is that it is barely hanging on.

1 comment:

  1. Pretty species, Richard! I struggle a little growing Encylias mounted on cork b/c they stay too dry in my conditions (primarily bright windowsills). I might start wiring more of my mounts into otherwise-empty clay pots to maintain humidity a little better, works well with the couple plants I've tried it on so far. --Nat