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Did I get a bum deal on this Sharry Baby?

This is a discussion on Did I get a bum deal on this Sharry Baby? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I bought an Oncidium "Sharry Baby" from an auction site and when it arrived I ...

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    Unhappy Did I get a bum deal on this Sharry Baby?

    I bought an Oncidium "Sharry Baby" from an auction site and when it arrived I was disappointed. As this is my first Oncidium, I just want to make sure I'm not jumping the gun before I complain to the seller.

    The plant was described as "LARGE - BLOOMING SIZE" in the auction title. The seller didn't give any info in the listing as to pot size or number of pseudobulbs, and I just assumed it was mature and ready to bloom. I probably should have asked the seller for clarification.

    It arrived in a 2" pot with 2 pseudobulbs that looked like they were either very young or were already bloomed. I couldn't tell because there was hardly any foliage on either bulb. The bulbs were also "shrively" looking. Not sure if this is normal. Here's a closeup of the bulbs. Do they normally look like that?

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    One of the leaves started turning yellow, and others have some funky black spots, so I took the plant out of the pot to inspect the roots (they were fine), but then I couldn't get it back into the small pot without damaging the roots...so I've repotted it into a 3.5" pot.

    Here it is in its new pot. Does this plant look "LARGE - BLOOMING SIZE" to you?

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    Am I misinterpreting something here? It would seem to me that this plant won't bloom for another year or so...doesn't it have to grow a couple more pseudobulbs and foliage before it will bloom? Or can it bloom on this small amount of growth?

    And last of all...there's some wacky looking spots on the leaves that don't look like the innocuous spots on my other plants...one of the leaves has actually split in the area of the spots. Is this something I need to worry about or is it just normal leaf spotting?

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    Thanks everyone! I don't want to go off half-cocked and complain over something that isn't a problem, so please tell me if this is really a blooming-size plant or if I got...ahem...scr$%*d.

    Thanks!

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    This is probably a division off of a large blooming sized plant. The plant will not bloom until it gets new growth. I hope you didn't pay much for it since Sharry Baby is pretty common and this one is not a large division at all. If the plant has healthy roots, you should be able to grow it into a large plant in just a few years. They grow fast. If the roots are sketchy, then I would send this plant back. It is always best to buy orchids from well known and established vendors - or to trade with friends you know will not try and cheat you.

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    Whether you were had depends on how much you paid for it. As for the size, it is blooming size; Sharry Baby will bloom (not well) on small plants. It is NOT large blooming size. You probably could have a bought a plant this size, in perfect condition for $5-6 at a local orchid show.

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    Agreed. As long as you didn't pay much for it. It's just a small division of a mature plant. You said the roots look fine...just get a new growth going and there you are! I wouldnt worry too much about the spots. The leaves on my plants older growths ALWAYS look ratty. If the spots spread, take action.
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    Ahhh...okay. Thanks guys. The roots on this plant are actually FANTASTIC...better than most I see when they arrive at my door. They basically exploded when I got the plant out of the 2" pot...I have no idea how it was still growing in that tiny pot!

    So, do we have an estimated wait time before I get blooms on this thing? If it's going to be a year or more I'll just buy a blooming-size one elsewhere, because I don't want to wait that long. I've been dreaming of a chocolate-scented room for a while now.

    As for how much I paid for it...it was $9.95, plus an additional $10.00 in shipping. Pbbbbtttt!!! There were other vendors selling large Sharrys in spike for that same price, but I went with this one because the guy also had a blooming-size Catt I really wanted and I was able to snatch that for $2.00 and combine shipping. And the Catt is gorgeous. Lots of growth...very full plant. When it blooms it will be fantastic. So at least that's something...LOL

    So, the question is...how long do you think it will be before this one blooms? I'm not sure how long an Oncidium takes to grow new bulbs, but my Miltoniopsis takes FOREVER. If it's going to be a similar growth rate, I'll buy another plant so I can enjoy the blooms sooner rather than later!

    Thanks for all your advice!

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    Next year before it blooms since it will only bloom on new growth.

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    Depending on how quickly it develope a new growth you have a good 6 month to a year wait. Closer to a year most likely. As far as the spotting goes I wouldn't be too concerned. Oncids usually are not that attractive of a plant. The foliage browns and spots from fertilizer. We have all been fooled by auction plants. Once you find a seller that you really trust and like it is best to stick with them. Many times they will search for plants for you. They can also become a valuable source for growing advice.

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    Ditto...you have a full growth new growth to mature before you get blooms. I'd say nine months to a year once that growth gets going. Considering that you are so happy about the cattleya, it's not such a bum deal. AND, you will have the satisfaction of turning the SB division into a lovely blooming plant.
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    I've found auction site plants to be a toss up, meaning a lot of times thats what I did, toss the plant (lol). There are some good ones, but i think a lot of them figure the cost to return a bad plant will keep people from doing so, although I have worked out some deals. I think Brutal Dreamer gave good advice about buying. This is part of orchid growing, and can be a frustating or rewarding. good luck

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    So, I vote you buy another one in spike so you can enjoy it now, and have something for this little guy to look up to and emulate.

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