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oncids again

This is a discussion on oncids again within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; So now I've moved my oncids and oncid alliances into higher light. Exactly how wrinkled ...

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    So now I've moved my oncids and oncid alliances into higher light. Exactly how wrinkled are old p-bulbs supposed to be? I can't figure this out. Do older bulbs wrinkle slightly when new growths start to mature or do they wrinkle a lot? I have some that are plump but a little wrinkled and others that are flat as pancakes (this can't be right).

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    I have some that are plump but a little wrinkled and others that are flat as pancakes (this can't be right).
    The older they are the more wrinkled they seem to get when new growth appears.This is true for some od my Onc,s but not for others.
    I think it,s 1 of those "depends" answers.

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    i have a huge brassia mem. fritz boedecker 'witch doctor'. there are a bunch of new pbs that have just plumped up (w/o wrinkles) and there are also some of the older pbs that are pretty flat and pretty wrinkled. ive been bad about watering this particular plant because it hasnt sunken into my mind how much water this big plant really needs in the summer. needless to say, the old pbs get pretty flat and floppy once in a while. when this happens, i plop the entire plant into a tub of water and let it soak overnight. the next morning, the floppy ones are not floppy anymore, and they are more turgid. the pb doesnt become completely wrinkle free (i dont think its possible).
    before you do the soaking routine, make sure that the plant has good roots. if you soak your plant, and it doesnt have good roots, more of your roots will rot, and the pbs definitely wont plump up, even a little.

    i dont think that a few wrinkles in your pbs are anything to worry about. especially if youre an in-home windowsill grower. to keep pbs absolutely wrinkle-free, you need constant humidity (which i cant maintain in my montana apt - its super dry here). but i know that my plants get enough water to keep them alive and making flowers, even if their pbs arent perfectly plump.

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    I was having fits about the pbs on my oncidium sweet sugar shrinking. It was a pretty small division anyway, and the longer I had it the more that previously bloomed pb was shrinking. So I just made sure I wasn't overwatering it and hoped for the best. Sure enough, it sent out another growth, and now even the new pb has some creases in it. But it spiked !

    I have to keep reminding myself of the times I've gone to orchid nurseries and seen emaciated looking orchid plants in full glorious bloom.

    John

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    True, they don't have to be perfect. However, none of mine have spiked so something can't be right. Plus they are growing so slowly in full summer.

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