Dang it, Enc. cochleatum is supposed to be easy!

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I recently got an Encyclia cochleatum. You know, I've loved this orchid since I was a teenager and saw it growing on trees in south Florida. It's easy to grow, almost a weed, right? Well, my plant is blooming, and as each successive bloom tries to open, the sepals and petals are stuck together at their tips, and can't open. I try prying them open with a toothpick, which works fairly well, but the next bloom does the same thing. What is going on here?!?!?
 
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Bluefirepegasus

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Oooooo.....hmmm...are the blossoms nice and dry? No other textures on the petals like sticky surface? If they are dry, then maybe it is a mutation of the plant because it may not be happy? I have got an onc. that is blooming all funny because it did not get enough water with its previous owner. Where did you get your plant from?

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Mark, I've had this happen sometimes on my cattleyas when my humidity drops or when they needed watering and didn't get it, so I agree with Jean. My cochleatum is in semi-hydro(of course) and it really sucks up the water.
 

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Wow. Blooming a year non stop!! Isn't that a bit unusual?? :confused:

That's what I thought ! I placed it into semi hydro when I thought it was done blooming..cut the spikes etc., a month or so later here came a spike, and then another ...that was about a year ago ! It has bloomed non stop from the same 2 spikes all year ! One concern...I have not seen a new growth ..lots of root growth though.
 

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