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Encyclia cordigera var. tipo x Encyclia cordigera var. 'Dark Chocolate'

Encyclia cordigera var. tipo x Encyclia cordigera var. 'Dark Chocolate'

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Introducing the Enchanting Encyclia cordigera var. 'Dark Chocolate' - The Exquisite Cocoa Orchid

Discover the allure of Encyclia cordigera var. 'Dark Chocolate,' a mesmerizing member of the epiphytic orchid family. Native to the diverse landscapes of Central and South American countries like Guatemala, Mexico, and Brazil, this striking orchid variety thrives at altitudes around 3000 feet.

Commonly referred to as the Cocoa orchid, Encyclia cordigera boasts a rich history of names, including Large-lipped Encyclia, Encyclia doeringii, and more. First described by Robert Louis Dressler in 1964, this unique variety captivates with its distinctive characteristics and captivating growth.

Size and Growth: Elegantly medium-sized, Encyclia cordigera flourishes as both an epiphyte, often adorning tree trunks, and as a lithophyte, gracing rocky surfaces. Its pseudobulbs, which cluster plump and pear-shaped, range from 1 to 5 inches in length, resembling onions or eggs. Abundant, plump pseudobulbs signify the vitality of the plant, particularly on mature specimens, promising more flower-laden spikes.

Foliage: The bifoliate charm of Encyclia cordigera reveals itself through precisely two leaflets per leaf. Oblong, elliptic, and leathery, these leaves span from 6 to 18 inches in length, contributing to the plant's exquisite presence.

Blossoms: Unveiling a distinctive cocoa-rose fragrance, the blooms of Encyclia cordigera emanate an enticing allure, leading to its endearing Cocoa orchid moniker. Multiple flowers grace a single spike, originating from the heart of the pseudobulb, showcasing diameters of 2 to 3 inches. As if the shape and color aren't captivating enough, their aromatic charm mimics the scent of chocolate and roses. Morning brings forth a powerful fragrance, transforming into honey-like sweetness by afternoon.

Blooming in varied hues, from rosy pink to deep purple and even a white lip tinted with hints of pink, these captivating variations exhibit diverse fragrances. Notably, sunlight intensity influences the potency of these alluring scents.

Cultivation Tips for Encyclia cordigera var. 'Dark Chocolate': Indulge in the joy of cultivating Encyclia cordigera var. 'Dark Chocolate' with ease, as its care closely mirrors that of Cattleya orchids. Follow these guidelines for optimal growth and flowering:

Light: Bask in the beauty of filtered sunlight that brightens but does not scorch. Optimal placement includes south or east-facing windows. While morning and evening sun are welcome, protect against the harsh afternoon rays. Abundant sunlight enhances fragrance potency, striking a balance between exposure and protection.

Water: Balancing moisture and drying cycles is key. Maintain high moisture levels during active growth, allowing slight drying between waterings. Water frequency varies – three times weekly in summer and less in winter. Avoid overwatering during the resting phase to prevent root rot.

Potting and Medium: Choose well-draining potting media, blending orchid bark, perlite, or charcoal. Opt for clay pots with proper drainage to prevent moisture buildup. Consider mounting on cork or tree fern for an alternative growing approach, ensuring frequent misting and watering.

Temperature: Cater to Encyclia cordigera's thermophilic nature by providing temperatures of 77-87°F during the day and 64-66°F at night. Shield against frost in cold climates to prevent shock and potential harm.

Humidity: Strive for 80-85% humidity in summer and 60-65% during winter. Utilize humidifiers, trays, or group plants for optimal levels. Employ the pebble tray method for cost-effective humidity control, especially in dry regions.

Fertilization: During active growth, feed weekly with diluted liquid fertilizer, adjusting nutrients according to the season. Increase phosphorus for enhanced blooming. Avoid winter fertilization to prevent salt buildup.

Repotting: Repot when roots emerge from drainage holes or media decomposes. Favor spring for repotting, using larger pots and fresh media. Spread roots for optimal growth.

  • Blooms exude fragrant cocoa allure.
  • Graceful long leaves and slender, maroon flowers.
  • Flower life span of up to 3 weeks.
  • Average height ranges from 10-12 inches.
  • Blooms adorn the plant from spring to early summer.

This is a blooming size in a 5” pot about 1 to 2 years to bloom, grown from seed, limited!

Encounter the Marvel of Encyclia cordigera var. 'Dark Chocolate' and Elevate Your Orchid Growing Journey

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