Shop Orchid Care OrchidTalk Orchid Forum Weather Station Links Nursery

Welcome to OrchidTalk Orchid Forums

The Friendliest Orchid Community on the Internet!

  •  » Learn to Repot your Orchids
  •  » Learn Orchid Care Tips and Secrets
  •  » Find the perfect Orchid for your Growing Environment
  •  » Chat with Orchid Growing Professionals

OrchidTalk - "Bringing People Together to Grow Orchids Better!"

Let us help you grow your Orchids better; Join our community today.

YES! I want to register an account for free right now!

Register or Login now to remove this advertisement.

Results 1 to 2 of 2
Like Tree1Likes
  • 1 Post By Kmac

Help: Burrageara and Odontocidium

This is a discussion on Help: Burrageara and Odontocidium within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; ...

Click here to increase the font size Click here to reduce the font size
  1. #1
    Meagan is offline Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2012

    Default Help: Burrageara and Odontocidium

    I am relatively new to growing orchids. I started with a number of Phalaenopsis, all of which are dead. About a year and a half ago I found two lovely specimens: a Burrageara and an Odontocidium (Pacific spotted star). At present I am having some issues with one of them but I don’t know which is which anymore. Let me describe what is happening.

    I believe that the Odontocidium is the one I am having the issue with. The original pot came with 3 very healthy pseudobulbs, two of which had produced a spike with several blooms. This was a year and a half ago. The psuedobulbs are now quite furrowed but still green although they have now developed some browning. The psuedobulbs are slightly spongy to the touch. The best description I can give is that they look like not quite ready raisons. There are no longer leaves. The one positive thing I have noticed is that there is pseudobulb/baby(?) starting off one of the “parents”. This has been present now for about 6 months and has not grown much. I do water once a week, allowing the substrate (bark) to drain. I feed about every 2 weeks. It is kept in a sunny room but not in direct light.

    The other plant is quite the opposite. Over the last 6 months or so the “parent” (there was only one pseudobulb) has shot up 5 new “babies”. Some of these have what I think are called “air roots” but unlike the Phalaenopsis, they are very thin and white and there is no bulbous cap on them. I care for this plant the same as the above.
    What I would like to know is what am I doing wrong with the one that is not growing.

    Also, with the one that is growing, should the “babies” be left where they are or should they be separated? Also, do these plants bloom only once in their life or should I be expecting future flowering?

    I don’t know if my region would be helpful. I live in Ontario Canada the plant hardiness zone is 4a/b.

    Thank you.

  2. #2
    Kmac's Avatar
    Kmac is offline Senior Member
    Real Name
    My Grow Area
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    How can I pick just one???
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Dallas, TX
    Member's Country Flag


    Starting with the easy questions--
    The pbulbs only bloom blooms will come from new growths. But, the old ones still contribute to the plant's health. Your "babies" are new growths. You should leave them until the plant gets big enough that you need to divide (to keep size in check), or want to do so (to get more plants). When you divide, you always want each division to have at least 3 pbulbs (generally) to have strong plants.

    These are members of the oncidium family. Having thin roots is normal for them. Having roots that wave about in the air is also quite normal. These orchids don't want to completely dry out (but close) between waterings.

    One sounds quite happy. The other, not so much. Many oncids have deeply furrowed older pbulbs...but they are normally firm, not spongey. I'm afraid your roots may have rotted. The new growth will develop its own roots, if all else is well, but it may take it a while to "come back". Personally, I'd unpot and check out the roots & the media.

    Hope this is helpful. Posting a pic of it would also help us help you. Good luck!

Similar Threads

  1. Odontocidium Wildcat
    By Roy in forum Phalaenopsis, Oncidium, & Intergenerics IN BLOOM
    Replies: 17
    Last Post: June 4th, 2011, 09:05 AM
  2. Odontocidium Hansueli Isler
    By Dorsetman in forum Phalaenopsis, Oncidium, & Intergenerics IN BLOOM
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: April 30th, 2011, 08:33 AM
  3. Repotting Odontocidium Hybrid
    By navyderek in forum Genus Specific
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: November 1st, 2009, 02:05 PM
  4. Odontocidium Wildcat (Bobcat?)
    By cedric817 in forum Phalaenopsis, Oncidium, & Intergenerics IN BLOOM
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: May 15th, 2005, 06:39 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
OrchidTalk --An Orchid Growers Discussion Forum brought to you by River Valley Orchidworks. A World Community where orchid beginners and experts talk about orchids and share tips on their care, cultivation, and propagation.