Shop Orchid Care OrchidTalk Orchid Forum Weather Station Links Nursery

Welcome to OrchidTalk Orchid Forums


The Friendliest Orchid Community on the Internet!


  •  » Learn to Repot your Orchids
  •  » Learn Orchid Care Tips and Secrets
  •  » Find the perfect Orchid for your Growing Environment
  •  » Chat with Orchid Growing Professionals

OrchidTalk - "Bringing People Together to Grow Orchids Better!"


Let us help you grow your Orchids better; Join our community today.


YES! I want to register an account for free right now!


Register or Login now to remove this advertisement.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 14

Hey all :D

This is a discussion on Hey all :D within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; hey whats sup peeps well i went to our local ochid auction and bought a ...

Click here to increase the font size Click here to reduce the font size
  1. #1
    cocanut's Avatar
    cocanut is offline Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Posts
    38

    Default Hey all :D

    hey whats sup peeps well i went to our local ochid auction and bought a few plants... 6 to be in totall..

    Oncidium Sharry baby
    Masdevallia teres
    Oncidium Croegus
    C. Srinneri Calbed
    Epi Radicans
    Brassavolo Rodessa

    I was wondering if people can tell me the culture info, and the best way to grow them

    any info would be welcome... and very greatfull

  2. #2
    Hoa Tony Nguyen's Avatar
    Hoa Tony Nguyen is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Pasadena and Costa Mesa
    Posts
    2,408

    Default

    Hi there!!!

    What a spending spree! Where did you get these plants?

    There are problems with the names of some of your plants, like Oncidium Croegus, C. Srinneri Calbed and Brassavolo Rodessa. Oh, btw, the Masdevallia teres as well (?). Please recheck the name tags.

    In order to provide suggestions for your culturing needs, we need to know where you live and if you can find out about the horticultural zone of your area (like zone 8 or zone 9, Southern California where I live, is zone 9), that is even better although I could look it up for you. The key here is whether your plants will prosper through outdoor culture alone or they need to be brought indoor during colder months. Since you could bloom cymbidiums, I wonder if you have grown these plants indoor or outdoor?

    Cheers. Hoa.

  3. #3
    cocanut's Avatar
    cocanut is offline Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Posts
    38

    Default

    hey hey, well i know the names dont seem to match, but the names are sooo hard to read.. i live in london ontario... so right now i have them under lights... the name are Oncidium Croesus, Brassavola nodosa, C. Skinneri.. i will upload pics of where i am growing them if u need...

    Thansk in advance

  4. #4
    cocanut's Avatar
    cocanut is offline Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Posts
    38

  5. #5
    Hoa Tony Nguyen's Avatar
    Hoa Tony Nguyen is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Pasadena and Costa Mesa
    Posts
    2,408

    Default

    Hi there,

    Oh I see.
    Now, this time, you are doing much better and the names sound right to me.
    It looks like you are in Zone 5ish. That is very cold!!! So no outdoor culture year round for you but your orchids could summer outside (that tend to help the plants to clean up all the pests like mealy bugs and aphids!).

    Oncidium plants like Onc. Sharry Baby (this one is a hybrid) and Croesus (this one appears to be a species but the blooms look very striking!), they most likely like intermediate to warm culture, i.e. night temperatures above 55 oF and day temps above that, i.e. the range of 65-85 oF are fine for them. You should also never let their roots dried out completely, i.e. probably you need to water them twice a week but be careful, try not to let the medium become too soggy!
    Epidendrum radicans is very easy plant, wet or dry, it's OK with them, in fact, in California, we grow them in soil in our outdoor garden! But they need lot of light! So you must take the plant out during the summer and give it at least half day sun until first frost arrives! The same watering cycle, watering twice a week should be sufficient as well!
    For the cattleya skinneri, that is a very nice catt species. I wonder what variety you bought? C. skinneri is very temperature tolerant plant as well and they do well with intermediate to warm culture, like the Sharry Baby and Croesus. However, when watering this plant, you should make sure that the roots dry out completely before you can water the plant again. So i suggest that watering this plant once a week is enough although a light misting midweek might be needed since you are growing indoor with all the heaters are running (the air is very dry). Cattleyas also need lot of light in oder to bloom so please check with the light fixture that you have. Or find a window so it would get full morning or late afternoon sun as well. (Same thing goes for Sharry Baby and Croesus and the Epi.)

    Regarding the Brassavola nodosa, it is mounted on cork or a potted plant?

    The Masdevallia is definitely a house plant. They are most happy under coolish temperatures (like night temperatures in mid 40s to 50s, day temps in the 60-70s, just like your cymbidiums). However, it is very different from your cymbidiums in that it does not need strong light, in fact relatively low light is needed, too much you would burn the leaves! They also like very wet culture, so you should water it at least 2 times a week or more and never allow the plant go completely dry!
    Have fun!
    Cheers. Hoa.

  6. #6
    cocanut's Avatar
    cocanut is offline Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Posts
    38

  7. #7
    cocanut's Avatar
    cocanut is offline Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Posts
    38

    Default

    ok well i'm very new too all this... and well spending a few hundred bucks.. well i dont want them to die... so please let me now if the light is good.. at the current moment i have them under plant 33 watt growing light... the GE grow and shop, above that is 2 40 watt t12 48 inch, and then 2 26 watt cool light... and they are facing a west window... the thing with the window is that its snowing outside.. and the sun hasnt been out in a few days.. i miss the summer... i have a hum going 24/7 and fans as well... so what do u think? what else do i need... i love orchids.. and i kinda dont want them going bye bye.

  8. #8
    Hoa Tony Nguyen's Avatar
    Hoa Tony Nguyen is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Pasadena and Costa Mesa
    Posts
    2,408

    Default

    Now I could see your set-up!

    Well, I think that you are doing just fine. As long as the temperature does not drop below 55 oF, you are fine. And if you can maintaining night temperature above 61 F all the time, that is even better (spring time temperature for them!). Since you also have phals, then most of them (except the cymbidiums and masdevallia) certainly can grow together and have similar watering schedule...
    Your B. nodosa seems to be in a pot so you should water it just like the C. skinneri. This plant also likes to be dried out between watering and warm temperatures (it's from Mexico I believe, so just imagine how would you duplicate its native environment in your house?).
    It also appears thar many these plants are housed in a vivarium of some sort. That is a good way to keep humidity high which is very good for orchids. Try to see if you can improve on that.
    Have fun. Cheers. Hoa.

  9. #9
    cocanut's Avatar
    cocanut is offline Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Posts
    38

    Default

    well i have a humidifer on 24/7 next to them, so is that good

  10. #10
    Hoa Tony Nguyen's Avatar
    Hoa Tony Nguyen is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Pasadena and Costa Mesa
    Posts
    2,408

    Default

    A few days without sun is OK, especially that you have them under light. A west facing window, well, it is not optimal but is fine as well since you could catch the afternoon sun. Just be careful so that your plants don't get burned, it could get very hot in the afternoon.
    If you can keep pitcher plant and phals like that, then it is fine. Tinkering with watering/fertilizing schedule might be needed but always remember, C. skinneri and B. nodosa must be rather dry before watering again but Onc./Epi/Masdevallia should be kept moist (not soggy) all the times if possible.
    Cheers. Hoa.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
OrchidTalk --An Orchid Growers Discussion Forum brought to you by River Valley Orchidworks. A World Community where orchid beginners and experts talk about orchids and share tips on their care, cultivation, and propagation.