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Who else wishes the Oncidium family/relatives were smaller?

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    Default Who else wishes the Oncidium family/relatives were smaller?

    Maybe this should be in a different section of the forum, as it's more of a little moan than anything, but perhaps it relates to cultivation. Who else wishes Oncidium/Brassia/Milts etc. were smaller plants? The flowers are always so gorgeous, but the plants... They're just so unruly and massive! Don't even TRY on a windowsill, it ain't happnin'. And then the only "smaller" option is a Tolumnia, which are just pipsqueaks.

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    There are many Oncs that are on the smaller side. Onc maculata, cheirophorum, longipes to mention a few species.

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    I mean more in the way of hybrids - Oncidiums are difficult enough as it is, to me. A species would just turn to dust if I looked at it.

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    Knock on wood. But I have had excellent luck with Oncidiums and their cousins. I am able to re-pot them and have them root into the new media quickly. Also I have multiple new growths on eack of mine.

    Now Vandas and catts are my difficult orchids (I don't even have a vanda and I am having trouble with it! LOL)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 78Terp View Post
    Knock on wood. But I have had excellent luck with Oncidiums and their cousins. I am able to re-pot them and have them root into the new media quickly. Also I have multiple new growths on eack of mine.

    Now Vandas and catts are my difficult orchids (I don't even have a vanda and I am having trouble with it! LOL)
    Haha! I'm the exact opposite! I've never had a Catt. that hasn't flourished for me. And I do pretty well with Vandas too (aside from like...getting the damn things to bloom. But I'm waiting it out). Oncidium and company are definitely the hardest of all genre for me to grow.

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    there are some really small oncidiums like "twinkle" and all of its varieties. however, the flowers are also miniature. i love the tolumnia section. but i also love the biggies too. anyone having difficulty shoudl try a miltassia shelob. they bloom really easily with plenty of light.

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    I like huge plants personally...not that I have lots of space for them. My favorite Oncids are Sharry Baby and flexuosum...I'm guessing that you would be horrified by the idea of growing a Myrmecophila? Lol! There are lots of AWESOME Dendrobium species that are both small and interesting. Pleuros and Bulbos too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sand_tiger86 View Post
    Who else wishes Oncidium/Brassia/Milts etc. were smaller plants?
    One of the reasons I have so few from that alliance. (The other being that we tend to have "issues," they and I.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by cakedaddy View Post
    I like huge plants personally...not that I have lots of space for them. My favorite Oncids are Sharry Baby and flexuosum...I'm guessing that you would be horrified by the idea of growing a Myrmecophila? Lol! There are lots of AWESOME Dendrobium species that are both small and interesting. Pleuros and Bulbos too!
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    As much as I'd love to have a good 'ol Cowhorn, it would be impossible! They're beautiful, but yes...absolutely gigantic, and the light requirements would have me living on the sun before they bloomed.

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    Having been brought up on a diet of Vandas - my first Renanopsis Lena Rowold was 6 feet before it bloomed) - the Oncidinae are dwarfs by comparison. For me size is not the issue here but the different interpretation of 'life expectancy' : the Oncidium tribe believes in the Samurai code of short and sweet and I, in the Confucian/Taoist code of graceful ageing and longevity.

    BTW I admit some Oncidium are huge (eg Onc sphacelatum) as are certain Trichocentrum (mule-ear 'oncidiums'), but generally Miltonia and Miltoniopsis are small. A Japanese expatriate here grew them on his windowsill and small balcony while residing in our Cameron Highlands.

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