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Oncidium Care

Oncidium Gower Ramsey hybridized by Rod McLellan Company
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Oncidiums are known often as the "dancing lady" orchid because, as you can see, the flowers resemble dancing ladies. They are epiphytic, meaning they have pseudobulbs that store water and nutrients. They come in most colors, and flower size is smaller than most orchids. On the upside, though, they have many, many flowers on each spike. Onc. Sharry Baby and Onc. Gower Ransey are two very strong varieties.

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Humidity: Humididy is important to Oncidiums.

Light and Air: Oncidiums like about a half day of sunlight. If their leaves start lightening, bleaching out or burning, that means they're getting too much light.

Bllra. Oncidium intergeneric
Orchids like this Bllra. are from the Oncidium alliance. Same care.
  Watering: Water your plant when, after lifting the pot, it feels like it doesn't have any water left in the mix. Fertilize often with a high nitrogen fertilizer like Wonderlizer 25-9-9.

A temperature of about 50is the coolest you can have before flowers will suffer. Oncidiums prefer warmer temperatures like 70-85 day, 55-70 night.

Potting: Repot every year or two with small to medium bark.

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