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Encyclia cordigera var. rosea x var. alba

Encyclia cordigera var. rosea x var. alba

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Introducing the Enchanting Encyclia cordigera var. rosea x Encyclia cordigera var. alba Orchid, or Epidendrum atropurpurea var. rosea x var. alba

Discover the mesmerizing allure of Encyclia cordigera, a captivating member of the epiphytic orchid family that hails from the diverse landscapes of Central and South American countries such as Guatemala, Mexico, and Brazil. Flourishing at altitudes around 3000 feet, this orchid variety thrives as both an epiphyte and a lithophyte, adorning tree trunks and rocky surfaces with its elegant presence.


  • Pseudobulbs: The plump, pear-shaped pseudobulbs cluster attractively, ranging from 1 to 5 inches in length. Abundant pseudobulbs signal the vitality of mature specimens, promising more flower-laden spikes.

  • Foliage: With precisely two oblong, elliptic, and leathery leaflets per leaf, Encyclia cordigera boasts a bifoliate charm. The 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 emanate an enticing allure. Multiple flowers grace a single spike, showcasing diameters of 2 to 3 inches. The aromatic charm mimics the scent of chocolate and roses, transforming from powerful fragrance in the morning to honey-like sweetness by afternoon.

  • Variations: Blooming in rosy pink, deep purple, and even a white lip tinted with hints of pink, these captivating variations exhibit diverse fragrances. Sunlight intensity influences the potency of these alluring scents.

Cultivation Tips:

Indulge in the joy of cultivating Encyclia cordigera with ease, following these guidelines for optimal growth and flowering:

  • Light: Filtered sunlight that brightens but does not scorch is ideal. Optimal placement includes south or east-facing windows. Protect against harsh afternoon rays while finding a balance between exposure and protection for enhanced fragrance potency.

  • Water: Balance moisture and drying cycles, maintaining high moisture levels during active growth. Water frequency varies with three times weekly in summer and less in winter. Avoid overwatering during the resting phase.

  • Potting and Medium: Choose well-draining potting media like orchid bark, perlite, or charcoal. Opt for clay pots with proper drainage or consider mounting on cork or tree fern for an alternative growing approach.

  • Temperature: Provide temperatures of 77-87°F during the day and 64-66°F at night, shielding against frost in cold climates.

  • Humidity: Aim for 80-85% humidity in summer and 60-65% during winter. Utilize humidifiers, trays, or the pebble tray method for optimal levels, especially in dry regions.

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

  • Repotting: Repot when roots emerge or media decomposes, favoring spring with larger pots and fresh media for optimal growth.

This is XL blooming size division in a 6” pot, about 1 to 2 years to bloom, grown from seed, limited!

Embrace the elegance of Encyclia cordigera, where graceful long leaves and slender, maroon flowers with a fragrant cocoa allure create an enchanting orchid experience. Enjoy a flower life span of up to 3 weeks, making every bloom a celebration of nature's beauty.

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