Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Encyclia diota v atrorubens

Encyclia diota v atrorubens - Flower photo by Richard LindbergEncyclia diota v atrorubens - Flower photo by Richard LindbergEncyclia diota v atrorubens - Plant photo by Richard LindbergWhen I visit Santa Barbara Orchid Estate I know I won't leave empty handed. I decided on a favorite species that I don't have, Encyclia diota. But as I walked toward the nursery, there were table set up with wonderful bargains. I changed my goal to spending less than $100. I bought three plants for $99.90. They didn't have anything for $.10.

Encyclia diota grows in Mexico down to Nicaragua. Needs bright light and a dry winter rest. It is warm to hot growing, is fragrant and blooms in summer. The 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.

This plant is in rock in a 4-inch plastic pot. There are five pseudobulbs and it stands twelve inches above the pot.

You can see here how they pot the "dry between watering" plants. Growing in rock and up-potting by setting the whole pot in a bigger pot. Roots are a bit sheltered from drying and do fine with no medium.


  1. Nice! Lovely colors. I think the .10 cent days are gone. Mary and Martin Motes were at the AOS last night and what a wonderful couple. I myself did not walk away without a Vanda Seedling, and a more mature Vanda tessellata Sri Lanka form.

  2. Yep I just stopped by my favorite nuresery Ritter Tropical Orchids in Central Florida and I only wanted to pic up two 10 $ a piece big Myrmecophilas for the yard, ended up with 2 bags full and my sweet hubby spent over 100 $ for me.