Encyclia Species

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Encyclia randiana

Native to: Brazil and Peru. Encyclia randiana is found growing near the banks of the Amazon and its tributaries in northern Brazil and Peru. It is found in hot lowland rainforests at elevations ranging from 10 to 300 meters.

Plant Size: Small to Medium. The small, tightly-clustered pseudobulbs of Encyclia randiana are pear-shaped and have one or two arching, sword-shaped leaves.

Flower Size: 2.5 inches (6 cm). Encyclia randiana has the largest flower of all the Encyclia species.

Flower Description: The flowers of Encyclia randiana are star-shaped and the petals are olive-green to red-brown in color. The lip is broad and large and is marked with a rose-magenta blotch with darker veins. Petals, sepals, and lips are ruffled. Large flowers are produced on a simple or branched inflorescence that grows to 24 inches (60 cm). Encyclia randiana var. rondoiensis has large pink flowers with a pink blotch on the lip.
Bloom Season: Late Spring to Summer

Growing Temperature: Warm.

Additional Information: This species is frequently sold as Encyclia cordigera var. randii. It is attractive and available from many commercial orchid growers. Provide warm, humid growing conditions and place the plant close to the glass for additional light. Grow on cork slabs or in slatted baskets. Expect to see many hybrids of this species in the future.

Synonyms: Epidendrum randii; Encyclia randii; encyclia randii var. rondoiensis; Epidendrum atropurpureum; Epidendrum atropurpureum var. randii; Encyclia cordigera var. randii

Watering Orchids

Here are some general rules for watering orchids in grown pots:

• The potting medium should never be soggy. Water potted plants sufficiently to prevent them from becoming bone dry.

• Watering orchids once a week is a general rue of thumb, but be aware that small pots (5” or less) need more frequent watering than large pots (6” or more).

• Remember that different potting mediums and different size potting materials will dry at different frequencies for watering orchids.

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• Also remember that clay pots will evaporate more water than plastic pots and, everything being equal, will dry faster than plastic pots.

• And remember that clay orchid pots, because of their openings, will dry out faster than regular clay pots.

• Conditions are different from room to room. If you move your plants, observe them to see if your watering needs adjustment.

• If you place plants in decorative containers (china pot or decorative basket) to enjoy them while they are in bloom, keep in mind this will very probably slow down the evaporation of water and plants will stay wet for a longer time.

• Finally temperatures, light air conditioning and heating will affect how fast the potting material dries out. Be ready to adjust your watering habits as the season changes, especially from spring to summer and from fall to winter.

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