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oncids and oncid alliance

This is a discussion on oncids and oncid alliance within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Sorry--I should have been more explicit... We're using 65% shadecloth for our GH top, 72% ...

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    Sorry--I should have been more explicit... We're using 65% shadecloth for our GH top, 72% for the west wall. The east wall is bare of cover. In the summer at our latitude, any direct sun between 9:30 AM and 6PM for our oncids is too much. And definitely introduce them to it gradually, otherwise you'll induce burn. On the other end of things, if they're not getting enough light, their leaves will be floppy, droopy, and darker green. So you're trying for the midrange between those extremes.

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    My oncid intergenerics get dappled sun for 9-10 hours a day. I figure if my Sharry Babies are freckling and the color of my leaves is a light green, they're getting enough. Not that I've ever rebloomed any, mind you, but I always take light recommendations with a big fat grain of salt and try to get just shy of burning every orchid I have. I figure that they'll always be happier with just about the most light they can tolerate without being damaged.

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    Default The trouble with oncids are there are so many very different types...

    As with everything, Floridians do things differently that what is in the books.

    I got some great tips on my equitants a while back and they have flourished as a result:
    1. They get high light...higher than Catts, not as long during the day as Vandas.
    2. They need watered like Vandas...watered almost every day, but drying out almost immediately.
    3. Feed them like Vandas.

    Interg's (for me) are not my favorite, so I put as little effort into mine as I can so they are in S/H. I have one that is in a 1.5 gallon storage container in S/H--it is massive. I don't know why I don't care much about it, it just doesn't do 'it' for me. Dgma I think it is.

    My FAVORITE oncids are my Psychopsis--still waiting on that box from Persistance--I love these babies and am so happy they do well for me. I don't really think I have much to do with it--I think they just like living at my house. These I have potted in sphag/clay pot with paph light (a little higher than phals, lower than catts) and they do well with little or no effort from me. I'm embarassed to say how many and how much I've spent on these plants, but like I said, they definitely do 'it' for me.

    Good luck with yours!

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    My experience has been that brassias will tolerate very high light. Mine get full sun for part of the day (40 degrees lat) and love it. Anything with miltonia in it gets bright light but no direct sun, and the miltonias themselves I treat with kid gloves. Their leaves seem to burn more quickly than all the others and they absolutely hate being hot. Mine live in an air conditioned room, in an east window protected by a sheer curtain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heather
    You know, I hate that, Debbie - everything I *have* in books, and many places online say even paphs need "relatively low light" and that's not true at all for many of them (at least the ones I grow!) Thank god I asked a question once and got clued in...that was ages ago, and never turned back.
    I guess it depends on where the writers of the books live ? In California, I wouldn't dream of giving my plants the sun I give them in NY. I mean, I would burn in 10 minutes in the shade in Cali, and here it takes me a few hours. It's all relative I s'pose.

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    I bought an Oncidium Sweet Sugar from a local nursery last winter. They said very bright indirect light so I'm giving it what my catts get - significantly brighter than intergenerics. It spiked a few weeks ago.

    Problem is that spike is getting pretty long. I'm growing under lights and wonder where it's going to go. Always something !

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    Well, I guess it does depend on climate. Full sun in Florida could be too hot even for an hour.

    PAGrower, good reminder about the milts, I have a Burr. and a Beallara (sp?) and those probably won't like full sun. Or my sunroom either. It gets into the 80s in there. My Beallara is supposed to be warmth tolerant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aerides
    I bought an Oncidium Sweet Sugar from a local nursery last winter. They said very bright indirect light so I'm giving it what my catts get - significantly brighter than intergenerics. It spiked a few weeks ago.

    Problem is that spike is getting pretty long. I'm growing under lights and wonder where it's going to go. Always something !

    John
    I have seen a 4" spike. It kept growing, and growing, and growing....

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