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Oncidium Mendenhall "Hildos"

This is a discussion on Oncidium Mendenhall "Hildos" within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hello there. I am an avid reader here but now I need some advice. I ...

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    Hello there. I am an avid reader here but now I need some advice. I know the discussion about the the name of this orchid but I have a question about the bloom. I purchased 2 of these ---- Vendor Information Removed - See FAQs on Posting ----. When I bought them the spike was about as high as the leaves which is maybe about 8 inches. It had been over a month and the spike is growing longer and longer. It is about 24 inches. I was curious since I never owned this species if I should be expecting a flower anytime soon. The light conditions are bright but not direct. They are in my cafe and I am starting to become concerned. I have a t5 setup in my house and was thinking about bringing them home. I searched and searched and could not find the answer to how this orchid blooms regarding the time it takes for the bud to develop. I know not to cut the spike but can anyone give me some help on how long to expect it to spike and if it should be moved to my lights. Thanks a milllion and I love the site. Can upload some pics if needed.

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    Hello BoogeyKlat and though I may disappoint you because I can't give exact answers to your questions I will do the best I can. I have raised this orchid for over five years now and it is still a favorite, though not a totally predictable one. One year it will bloom continuously for months, other years a few blooms and no more. The spikes do elongate before budding, but as to when it will bud my answer would be that if the spike is already 24 inches long it could bud out at anytime now. These oncidium orchids like bright indirect light (no direct sun or at least not past the mornings). They like water with good fast drainage though. My plant is in a six inch, plastic pot and in my warm conditions I water it every four days the year round. I hope this bit of information helps and I hope others will chime in with their experiences with this orchid. The flowers are quite striking and there has never been a year without some blooms! AL

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    Thanks for the reply even though it looks like I posted it in the wrong section. I have been watering it about the same as you with really good drainage. Ill give it another week or so and see how it goes.

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    It could bloom soon or it could decide to keep spiking for a while yet. They will not be hurried. I have one that I got with one spike that was about 24 inches when I got it and another that was just a few inches. The main spike finally started blooming at 29 inches tall. The other is now blooming at about 23 inches. The second spike was not producing blooms at all for quite a while and the taller one was only occasionally blooming. I got some advice from another forum member and I now keep a little water in the saucer under the pot. It has been blooming continually on both spikes for several months now! They will sometimes take a break for a few months if they need it, but mine has been working hard at blooming for a while now. The spikes usually alternate blooming.

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    After over 3 months of watching this spike climb skyward, a bud emerged and two weeks later the payoff was worth the wait. What a beautiful flower! I tried to add the picture but it seems alittle complicated.

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    Patience is the main thing that these plants teach us. My alba form is just starting to form it's first bud. I am so excited as this is my spike start to finish!!!

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    Patience is the main thing that these plants teach us. My alba form is just starting to form it's first bud. I am so excited as this is my spike start to finish!!! Congrats on your flower, now you can sit back and enjoy.

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