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Help with orchid ID, please.

This is a discussion on Help with orchid ID, please. within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I'm a new orchid grower and have mainly stuck with Phals. Having had success keeping ...

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    Default Help with orchid ID, please.

    I'm a new orchid grower and have mainly stuck with Phals. Having had success keeping them happy and healthy I have recently dipped into the unknown.

    I'm looking for confirmation on even simply the genus of these four new plants. I buy my orchids at very low prices, but the drawback is no ID or culture until I am able to look them up myself. So far I am only really familiar with Phals and Paphs.

    Hopefully these new additions are fitting for my indoor, windowsill growing! I live in San Francisco (in one of the sunnier micro-climates) and have an Eastern exposure in my apartment.

    Thanks in advace for your help.
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    Hi Nyx
    Welcome to the forum and here is some help.
    Top Left :- Odontocidium Wildcat(Odcdm)
    Top right :- looks like a Miltonidium (Mtdm)
    Middle :- Miltassia
    Bottom :- looks very much like Oncidium Sharry Baby but I think that it is an Oncidium with Miltonia warscewiczii as a parent ,I can not at this time remember the name.
    I will let others here give advice on window culture of these plants,

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    1. Odontocidum Wildcat
    2. Beallara Tropic Splendor
    3. Miltassia Shelob Tolkien
    4. Oncidium Twinkle 'Red Fantasy'

    so, did I get them all right

    btw, welcome to the forum Nyx

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    Quote Originally Posted by bench72
    1. Odontocidum Wildcat
    2. Beallara Tropic Splendor
    3. Miltassia Shelob Tolkien
    4. Oncidium Twinkle 'Red Fantasy'

    so, did I get them all right

    btw, welcome to the forum Nyx
    I dont think the bottom one is Oncidium Twinkle 'Red Fantasy' as the lip color and shape as well as the reflexed petals and sepals are all Miltonia warscewiczii

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    awww... you mean I got one wrong? hehehehe

    ok, then I'll change it to :-

    Miltonidium Rosy Sunset

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    As to the windowsill culture--all I can say is that I have a lot of oncids like these in my east and west windows and they are thriving and blooming their little heads off. The more sun the better (as long as it's not HOT).

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    Hi and Welcome! I grew up in the Bay Area - which microclimate are you in? My mom started growing orchids in Menlo Park back in the 60's. You light situation sounds good, how about air flow - don't want to burn anyone.

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    I think #4 looks more like Hawaii Sunset.

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    You guys are good! Very easy to look up culture with the names. I thought they were oncids of one form or another, but didn't find the specific orchids by browsing random pics.

    I love my Phals, but I was getting a bit tired of variations of pink, purple and white and began to want new colors, patterns and shapes. It's also nice that these are fragrant. Orchids are really addicting!

    Regarding micro-climate/airflow: I am in the Mission District. I tend to keep my windows open at least a quarter of the way all year 'round. I have two oscillating fans running during the warmer months to keep the air circulating. I haven't encountered any burn with the phals, but these do have much thinner leaves so I will keep an eye out for that.

    Thanks for the welcome. I've picked up a lot of good info reading here and I appreciate the direct help!

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    Hi Nyx, I haven't bid you welcome yet!

    Onc's (most anyway) will enjoy the same conditions your Phals do. You're not in a climate with intense sun, so you should be ok. Phals don't burn as readily as other orchids, however. If you have screens on your windows, they help diffuse the direct sun. If you have a southern exposure w/o screens, that might get a bit strong in summer, but San Francisco isn't the sunniest of cities in the summer, so you may be fine.

    As the sunlight increases beyond what an orchid wants, the leaves will get a pale green. That's an indicator the sun might be too much. Miltoniopsis are always that color, so the Miltassia might be paler than the others and still be happy. Brown spots of sunburn are the orchid's way of crying, "enough, already!" Those are the signs to watch for.

    Sounds like your air circulation is great. Fertilize weakly, weekly, water when they just get dry (they don't need to completely dry out between waterings - again, much like a Phal) and they should reward you with growth and blooms!

    I look forward to seeing your posts!

    Julie

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