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Encyclia vitellina

Discussion in 'Orchid Culture' started by KellyW, Jul 22, 2013.

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  1. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I know that this is a cool grower. Does anyone out there grow it intermediate? I could give it the "cool" conditions and rest in the winter but my summers are intermediate-warm. I have wanted it for a long time but don't want to kill it.
     
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    spiro K. Well-Known Member

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    Kelly,Hi.
    I've been growing it in NY, in less than ideal conditions I suspect.
    It flowers every year on schedule .I have been told the plant would do better with a more pronounced winter rest;I will try this year.
    Its outside now, in 90F temps, but this is not the first time.
    I say go ahead with it.
     
  3. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Thanks for the input, Spiro. Is yours mounted or potted?
     
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    Potted, in a mix of bark,expanded clay pellets and sphagnum .(what I had around at the time!)
     
  5. dr_dmd

    dr_dmd The dr's out... in the greenhouse!

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    I tried it, bloomed it, and it was beautiful, but the summer heat did it in :(... poor thing went to 'chid heaven!
     
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    DarleneJay Well-Known Member

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    I am growing this in intermediate conditions. It is potted in a bark based mix that I use for my paphs. Although it has not bloomed yet, it is growing well in Ohio outside in the summer and inside in the winter.
     
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    Al Bumen New Member

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    this is great information. Where did you get your vittelina?
     
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    Mine grows outside, coastal southern California. I grow it somewhat shaded, especially in summer, and it seems to be OK with the occasional hot weather. It is mounted. Gets watered daily in summer, every 2 days in winter. Except for a few weeks of August, nights are fairly cool (high 60's F) and I think its the cool nights that let it tolerate the warm days. Probably true for lots of things (like Pleurothallids) as well. I find that I can get away with non-ideal conditions with the relatively cool summer nights. Winter is no problem at all.

    This year it bloomed in late May, and just kept on producing flowers sequentially, with the spike getting longer and longer. The last flower pooped out in mid November at the end of 15-inch (or thereabouts) spike!
     
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  9. Arne

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    I agree. It is quite a forgiving species as long as the conditions aren’t constantly too warm.

    If my plant develops buds when it is too warm the flowers do not get the deep orange-red color. Also, if the plant is actively growing when it is too warm, pseudobulbs tend to get a more elongated shape. That’s about it.