Epidendrum ciliare is a small epiphytic orchid native to Central America and South America to Brazil. The pseudobulbs are oblong and compressed, with 1-2 leathery leaves. The plant rarely reaches over 11 inches (28 cm) tall. As with all Epidendrums they are very easy to grow, which makes them a good orchid for beginners to grow.
Blooming Time: Although they will bloom year round, the best flushes of flowers come in September and again in January. The inflorescence is an erect cluster of waxy fragrant flowers with long linear greenish-yellow sepals with a lobed and fringed white lip.
Culture: Epidendrum ciliare do best in intermediate to warm conditions with partial shade. During the growing season, they require plenty of water and fresh air. In the greenhouse, we use a compost consisting of tree fern fiber and sphagnum moss. The plants are watered freely and fertilized with a high nitrogen fertilizer once a month. The winter rest period begins in late autumn. Very little water is needed during the rest period and no fertilizer is added during this time. This hardening off period also helps to induce flowering.
Propagation: Epidendrum ciliare is propagated by division of the pseudobulbs in the spring.
Epidendrum ciliare was featured as Plant of the Week October 15-21, 2004.
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