Encyclia Shinfong Smile x self (3.5" net pot seedling)
This new Encyclia hybrid combines four species to produce a very showy result. These seedlings are from the selfing E. Shinfong Smile ‘Ruyu’ (see inset photo) which received a trophy from the Tiawan Orchid Growers Association (T.O.G.A.) for excellence in new breeding. The flower shape is most reminiscent of the dominant parent E. cordigera, but with added color effect from E. phoenicea, E. plicata & E. alata the three other species in the family tree. As seedlings they will vary somewhat from these photos, but look fairly similar, and all the parents have wonderful fragrance, so that is pretty much guaranteed. These are seedlings, one to two years, approximately, from first blooming, offered in 3.5” net pots. As with all Encyclia types, quick drainage is essential for best health, so grow in a basket or mounted, or use large, open medium when stepping these up to a larger pot.
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