Group : Eulophia
Covers these genera : Cymbidiella (Cymla.) , Eulophia (Eupha.) , Eulophiella (Eul.) , Grammangis (Gra.) , Oeceoclades (Oecl.)

General information for this group :
Most members of this group require very similar conditions. They are easy to grow and bloom when provided with the right environment. The initial discussion is for Eulophia and any hybrid which has Eulophia in it's background. For subgroups that have additional information, it will appear under individual headings near the bottom of the page. Alternatively, you can click on the genus name above to take you directly to that subgroup.

Subgroup : Eulophia

Covers these genera : Eulophia (Eupha.) , Oeceoclades (Oecl.)

Description :
Eulophias are subdivided culturally into several groups depending on plant characteristics. Many are quite difficult in captivity, so we will not cover those. The ones of interest here are those that produce bulb-like pseudobulbs partially buried at their bases, and derive from non-bog habitats. Oeceoclades share their cultural requirements with this group of Eulophias.

Light :
Low to moderate light is most suitable for these plants. If the leaves appear too dark and lush, then slowly increase the light levels until the leaf color is more of a medium green.

Temperature :
Intermediate temperatures are ideal. If you provide a short rest in the late fall/winter, then reduce the temperature and water during this period.

Media :
For smaller plants, a high-quality small bark mix is ideal. For larger plants, use a coarser bark mix for the bottom half of the pot, topped with a layer of small bark mix. I find that these plants are only moderate rooters, so do not exceed a depth of 5 inches for the pot, and choose pots that are wider than they are deep.

Water :
Rainwater and dehumidifier water are ideal choices, followed by high-quality tap water. NEVER use softened water, bottled water or well-water.

Fertilizing :
During the active growth period, use a properly balanced orchid fertilizer (ie. 3:1:3 or 4:1:4 ratio), applied at 1/4 to 1/2 strength, thoroughly flushing with plain water at least every 4th watering. If the leaf tips go black or brown, then reduce the fertilizer concentration.

Blooming :
These plants produce beautiful upright sprays of flowers from the base of the matured bulbs. They can often bloom more than once per year, but the heaviest blooming in mid to late spring.

Subgroup : Damp Epiphytes

Covers these genera : Cymbidiella (Cymla.) , Eulophiella (Eul.) , Grammangis (Gra.)

Description :
A group of rather spectacular plants that originate mainly from Madagascar. Their habitats do not experience dry spells, and always have ample humidity.

Same as for Eulophia, except :

  • Do NOT rest these plants, even for short periods, as many will not survive the attempt.
  • Ensure that you maintain a fairly high humidity level year-round.
  • Under no circumstances should you treat Cymbidiellas like you would Cymbidiums, since they are not even related, and their culture differs significantly.

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