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Space Hog Orchids

This is a discussion on Space Hog Orchids within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; A comment of Clint's got me thinking. When I was brand new at orchids (about ...

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    A comment of Clint's got me thinking. When I was brand new at orchids (about a year ago) I was thrilled with any new plant, and doubly so if they would actually bloom for me. This is how I came to be the proud owner of a bunch of oncs; they grow vigorously and even flower in the conditions I can offer.

    But--I know you're ahead of me on this--some of them are getting huge. A few have doubled in size since they moved in and have a dozen or more pbulbs and multiple new growths. But, the pattern so far is to throw one spike at a time. Large plant. ONE spike!

    I find this frustrating. I would not mind the size of the plants if they would be less stingy with their flowers.

    To those of you with more experience: is this the general pattern with oncidium alliance orchids or could it be the age of the plants or something about my culture? Can I do anything to encourage more spikes at a time?

    They get lots of light in a south window. They are fertilized weakly each watering. They were all repotted within the last 9 months or so.

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    The problem with some of the larger growing Oncid's is that if given a fert hugh in nitrogen they will be very shy in flowering.

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    You can definitely encourage multiple spikes on happy Oncs. My trouble is that I'm so flat out just to keep things watered, that I'm not spoiling them with the attention I know they want. Fert frequency included. I use a 20-20-20 fert, since I grow in sphag.


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