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Encyclia

This page is meant to give you information and some useful tips about the care of the Encyclia. You will also find all the Encyclia species we offer in our assortment.

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Derivation of the name

The name of this gender derives from the Greek verb ‘enkykleomai’ (to encircle), which refers to the side lobes of the lip, that encircle the gynostemium.

Features and origin

Encyclia is a gender with around 150 species spread throughout Florida, the Caribbean, Mexico and other areas of Tropical America. They are epiphytic species, that appear in the lowland forests up to an altitude of a 1000 metres.
Most species in this gender can be found in forests with dry seasons. The humidity is generally high in these forests throughout the year, despite the fact that there is little precipitation. Most species have rigid, drought resistant leaves and big union-shaped pseudobulbs. The flowers emerge from an apical way or blooming. This gender is pollinated by bees and birds. Usually there are eight pollinia, but in some subgroups only four. One specie, Encyclia cyperifolia, produces cylindrical, conical leaves.

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Care tips

Place

Put the Encyclia on a light place on the windowsill. Direct sunlight should be avoided during summer. Many species can be placed outside under a roof during summer.

Temperature

In winter, a minimum temperature in between 13,5℃ and 23,5℃ required.
During summer, a temperature of in between 20℃ and 28℃ is ideal. Make sure the temperature drops to a minimum of 5℃ during the night so that the plants can cool down.

Humidity

We advise a humidity between 30% and 75%. This differs per species within the gender and depends on the size of the plant.

Water

During the period of growth in summer, the plants need to be kept fairly humid. This means that you can water then 2 to 3 times a week. Please keep in mind that the soil needs to dry lightly before watering again.
In winter, the plants need to be watered about once a two to three weeks.

Fertilizer

With the Encyclia, it’s only necessary to fertilize in spring and summer. One to three times a month is the appropriate amount for this gender.
The fertilizer is important, because there won’t be enough sunlight for the Encyclia. Normally, the sunlight provides the Encyclia with sugars that are essential to create the growth of flower branches. Therefore it’s harder for the Encyclia to start blooming without the fertilizer.