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PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2016 11:24 am 
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Hi All, I'm still about!

Is anyone else growing Epis along side cymbidioums and ordontos? :roll:

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2016 10:26 am 
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The reason for asking is because by treating them the same as Cymbidiums, one year old cuttings are currently growing at the rate of one foot per month. If they were branching this would not be a problem but they are not just one long stem!

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Sorry Bill I can't help with this one.

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Hi Terry,

Funnily enough I had thought about messaging you because knowing your liking for Cymbidiums I wonder whether you had tried “Epis” as well, but it seems not! :oops:

My late father did Down in Dartmouth, with the result that the front lobby was a riot of colour all the way through from May to December. As the Epi’s are pendular and the Cymbidiums upright they fit together quite well although in his day they were mainly purple and bright pink so you had to careful with the positioning of some Cybidium colours if they were out together.

I’ve a real mixture of some 15 Epi’s, all of distinctively different colours some came from Europe but most were UK grown. They are easy to propagate, in fact, if trimmed back to stay well shaped you end up with almost too many cuttings it seems. In the end I bit the bullet and trimmed mine back and have ended up with another 4 pots, some with 2 cuttings in them. If importing Orchids does become more difficult they may become a possible addition to many collections.

Being succulents and basically flat they are easy to post so swapping is rather more practical than with orchids. The cuts need 10 days to heal over so even a slow snail mail is not a problem. :roll: Even an unrooted cutting should be flowering happily in three years, so not a long waiting time.

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