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Can anyone tell me what Genus my 4 orchids are?

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    Default Can anyone tell me what Genus my 4 orchids are?

    I am looking for lighting for them and this info would help me :c)

    I have a Masd. Celtic Frost

    Sharry Baby

    Rainbow "The Gypsy" - not sure that is enough info?

    And oops - I know my other one - it's Oncidium Twinkles but I couldn't edit my subject line... :c)

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    Tikva--

    The genus on three of them is fairly simple, they are bolded below. Oncidiums like bright light (2,000-4,000 foot candles), Masdevalias like lower light (1,200-2,000 foot candles) if the "Gypsey" is a Brassolaeliocattleya then you may be looking at bright light (again 2,000-3,000 foot candles)...someone else is welcome to contest that, but according to my books, that is the range. If you happen to notice any of your plants looking stressed and the leaves turning a purple-ish red colour, that means they are getting "sunburnt" from too much light and then moving them away from your light source should fix the problem. Some plants however do not seem to mind a little extra light.

    I have a Masd. Celtic Frost...Masdevalia

    Sharry Baby Oncidium

    Rainbow "The Gypsy" - not sure that is enough info? Need more info or someone else may know...I found this however Brassolaeliocattleya Momilani Rainbow 'The Gypsy' but I am not sure if this is correct, you can probably do a Google search or a similar one to find a pic. I think the heritage of the plant is Lc. Mari's Song x Blc. Orange Nuggett

    And oops - I know my other one - it's Oncidium Twinkles Oncidium

    Hope this helps
    Aaron

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    You may be my lifesaver here :c)
    I think that is exactly what my The Gypsy one is... but while googling, I just couldn't find the family of it lol...
    I was thinking of mounting some lights on my ceiling to shine on them but I'm just not sure yet what... off to do some research and thank you!!!!

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    Hi Tikva,

    Unfortunately "Rainbow" is a common name in orchids. I'm working with Rainbow all by itself, and no other words, like "Rainbow Glow." Is there any abbreviation before the word Rainbow - even a single letter? That would identify the genus.

    The 'The Gypsy' part should be in single quotes. That would identify the cultivar. There is no Rainbow 'The Gypsy' that's ever been awarded, which means it doesn't show up in my database. There are Rainbows in the following genera: Cattleya alliance, Paphs, Phals., Oncydium alliance and Vandas.

    A picture would really help narrow this down.

    Julie

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    here you go
    I'm sorry if I missed some of the important identifying info...

    Blc.Momilani Rainbow "The Gypsy" HCC/AOS

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    LOL! That helps!

    Blc. is part of the Cattleya alliance (a group of related genera). It means your guy is a cross of a Brassavola, a Laliea and a Cattleya (or of several of any of them.) It would want standard Cattleya culture. (ie, lots of sun, particularly if you live in NH, where sun strength is wimpy!)

    Julie

    PS - Just saw a picture of 'The Gypsy' - very pretty! Congrats!

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