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Old 06-08-2016, 11:12 AM
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Red face I think my Encyclia tampensis hates me, any advice?

I was living in Tampa, and bought one from a local greenhouse. I went away for a few weeks between semesters and left my aunt in charge of my plants. I'm still not sure what she did (since she claims to have followed my instructions) but I lost a good third of my plants in general (including my favourite fern, one I can't seem to find a replacement for ANYWHERE, augh!) and have a few that are coming back from near death.

The Encyclia was okay-ish, thought it had some mealy bugs. Treated them on that one and a couple of Cattleyas, which seem to be doing okay, but the Encyclia is not. It's got, I think, about 3 green pseudobulbs left on it, though they're a bit dessicated, not terrible, but definitely wrinkly. No leaves, and the roots are old, no new ones that I can see. It was mounted when I got it, and I've left it alone on the mount because I figure it'd be best to not stress it out more trying to move it. Right now, I've moved to Sebring (Highlands county FL, a bit southeast of where I was) and have the mount hanging on an oak tree with a few other mounted orchids. At the moment it isn't getting a ton of sun, and it's been raining nearly every day. I'd get a picture, but for some reason my camera isn't wanting to connect to my computer.

Any tips on things I can try to do to get it to start growing again, or is it more a waiting game to see if it starts to grow again?
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Well then hopefully it doesn't hate me as much as I think it does

So waiting game to see if it comes back, then?
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Well then hopefully it doesn't hate me as much as I think it does

So waiting game to see if it comes back, then?
It should come back. Give some fertiliser regularly and I think you will see new growth. Do you have a photo?
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My computer isn't accepting most of my usb devices recently, though if I can get that worked out I can post something.

What do you suggest as far as fertiliser goes? I don't think I've got any for the orchids at the moment.
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Old 06-12-2016, 07:17 AM
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If it's not getting enough light then that is something you'll want to remedy soon. This species needs a good deal of light and less than optimal levels will hinder it's ability to recover. No direct mid-day sun but give it very bright light...direct early day or evening sun is fine.

It's a tough species and if there is enough energy left in the remaining pbulbs then it should bounce back for you...provided it gets enough light. You won't see new roots on the old growths...the main goal now is to promote new growths and those will sprout the roots it needs to survive.
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I just finished a research paper( hopefully after I present it in July I'll get elevated to judge) on Encyclia and tampensis was one I researched. It's an epiphyte and loves growing on trees. If potted use bark. It loves warm to hot climate. Water s couple times a week. It doesn't like to be dry for long. Bright light, it can handle as much light as you can give it it won't tolerate shade so find a place where it'll get bright light as well as full sunlight for s bit. Figure growing naturally in Florida it's growing in full dun.


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