Fri, 28 Oct 2005 08:39:10 PDT
I'm curious, Bonaventure, about the requirements of this Eulophia. New Jersey is much more humid than New Mexico. Does it require humidity to thrive?
- Barbara Weintraub
Santa Fe, NM
USDA cold zone 5b/6a

I just brought my Eulophia keithii indoors. Now I put them under bright light and stop all watering until new growth resumes in March or April. The long thin (unorchid-like) grasslike leaves will soon wither and fall off leaving attractive dark green flattened conical pseudobulbs 2-3 inches tall, making the whole pot much more compact. When the growth resumes I divide into 2-3 pseudobulb sections and repot into fresh potting soil amended with perlite. Blooming soon follows, the inflorescence somewhat resembling that of a smaller Cymbidium sinense or ensifolium. These are enjoyed indoors. Then the plants are acclimated to full sunlight outdoors in May and fertilized heavily untill fall.
Easy as pie - first neglect with no water, then throw water and fertilizer on every day. I have extras available and am looking for other species.
Bonaventure Magrys
Cliffwood Beach, NJ USA

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