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Mendenhall 'hildos'

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    Default Mendenhall 'hildos'

    I am new of course and have a question about the above Title orchid I just purchased,

    It has two spikes (approx. 2.5 feet), one has a fading bloom and the other nothing. Do I remove the exisiting spikes when it stops blooming? I was told to do so but thought I read on the forum they will continue to bloom from the same spikes.........
    Thanks in advance for any help.

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    PLEASE DO NOT remove the spike. It will continue to bloom on the same spike for months. Even if it stops for awhile, let it stay. It may take a break and start again. Never cut a Psychopsis spike until the entire thing has dried and turned brown.

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    I am assuming that you have a Psychopsis Mendenhall 'Hildos'.

    Psychopsis orchids will continue to bloom on existing spikes as long as it is healthy. Even if a spike is cut, it can branch out and continue blooming.
    Some people claim that their psychopsis continued to bloom year round until it died. But perhaps in reality, it died because it bloomed continuously and never had a chance to recuperate.

    On a side note:
    Just saying "Menendhall 'Hildos' " alone usually is insufficient information since there could be several genera of orchids sharing the Menendhall grex (specially the Menendhall name).
    Having the 'Hildos' there definitely makes it more specific, but still please add the genus name next time

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    Smile Onc Mendenhall Hildos info, Thanks

    Thank you both for answering my question. I did include the "Onc", as part of the name of the plant. Thank you for helping with identifying it. I had read that Mendenhall was a general name........

    Again, I thank you for the info. I do see other buds coming on now.

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    Yup.
    Psychopsis orchids are also called Oncidiums. Its one of those taxonomic tug-of-wars... long story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wetfeet101b View Post
    Yup.
    Psychopsis orchids are also called Oncidiums. Its one of those taxonomic tug-of-wars... long story.
    I'm slightly familiar w/ the tug a war. It's far to exhausting to follow. Do all Oncidiums fall in the Psychopsis cat.? And do they all have the potential to bloom multiple times from a spike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bc_bareroots View Post
    Do all Oncidiums fall in the Psychopsis cat.?
    No. But all psychopsis fall into the Oncidium genus.

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    And do they all have the potential to bloom multiple times from a spike?
    Yes, as long as the plant is strong enough to continue blooming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wetfeet101b View Post
    No. But all psychopsis fall into the Oncidium genus.
    DOH!

    Did I say category?


    Thanks for the clarification.

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