Easy Orchids – Encyclia Radiata
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I define “easy” orchids as those that can be grown indoors in mild climates in homes that have the heating on during the daytime in winter.
This orchid will produce several new growths in a season and can be grown on into a large specimen. But it also looks charming on a windowsill, and you can easily keep it at the desired size by dividing it every few years. It flowers profusely during the summer, bearing delightful creamy-white, highly scented blooms. The flowers open with their lip held at the top, which is different than most orchids. This species, which comes from Mexico, makes slender pseudobulbs with a pair of narrow mid-green laves. The flowers, six or eight to a spike, will last for five to six weeks.
Flower Size: 1 1/2 inch (4cm) across
Flower Spike: 4 inches (10cm)
Plant Height: 10 inches (25cm)
Pot Size: 6 inches (15cm)