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onc question--blooming

This is a discussion on onc question--blooming within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I got an oncidium with two plants in a pot. One plant looks established and ...

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    Default onc question--blooming

    I got an oncidium with two plants in a pot. One plant looks established and has many bulbs, but the other has only two bulbs and it's supporting a blooming spike. By checking the roots (which look newly repotted), I would guess it's a division from a larger plant. Poor two-bulbed plant is blooming, and I've noticed the bulbs are wrinkling. I don't want to lose the spike...will it be ok to wait until it finishes blooming? I know oncs can be tough sometimes, so perhaps it can bounce back...

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    Bulb wrinkling is a charectoristic of some Onc Pbulds or Onc alliance plants. Do the roots look intact? Are there any new roots growing? Also I think you can do the spike as a cut flower I know Phals do good and Dens, but I;m not sure about Onc. I would keep an eye on it and cut the spike as soon as the spike finishes.

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    The Oncidium varicosum that I just posted always has wrinkled pseduobulbs as soon as it sets spike (starts out plump, but wrinkles as the spike develops), and regardless of the amount of water I give it they stay wrinkled. As Josh said, this is characteristic of some of the oncidiums. I would wait until it's finished blooming myself.

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