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First Oncidium. Watering and general care.

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    Default First Oncidium. Watering and general care.

    Hello everyone! I have just purchased my first Oncidium orchid. The only thing the label said is that it is a hybrid. I was just wondering if anyone could suggest a watering routine for this type of orchid as well as general care tips. I already own a couple of Phals and they are quite well. Thanks everybody!

    -Cory

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    This is posted on our site here. Oncidium Orchid Care | River Valley Orchidworks hope it helps.

    Oncidium
    Growers Information
    Light
    Requirements:

    1500 – 2000
    footcandles

    A bright kitchen window with no direct sun is perfect for these medium-light loving plants.
    Temperature:

    70 – 90 degrees
    F. daytime, 60 – 65 degrees F. night.
    Humidity:

    40 – 65 % relative humidity is ideal.
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    In general,
    Oncidiums and the intergeneric hybrids produced with them form sprays sometimes over four feet long of tiny, often yellow or pink-tinted flowers that can make quite a show. Almost all are fragrant. They grow quickly, and it is not unusual for new pseudobulbs to stair-step their way out of a pot, throwing thin roots everywhere. These can be misted with fertilizer solution diluted from 1/3 to 1/2 strength each time the pot is watered. Oncidiinae appreciate good air movement. Plants that receive sufficient light to flower often exhibit scores of tiny brown spots on the leaves and their leaf-tips frequently turn yellow. The leaves themselves can be quite brittle and will split naturally during normal growth, so the foliage is usually not considered particularly attractive.

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    Thank you very much for your reply. Since I made this post I found out that the orchid I bought is a Miltassia Charles M Fitch "Izumi".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cory Black View Post
    Thank you very much for your reply. Since I made this post I found out that the orchid I bought is a Miltassia Charles M Fitch "Izumi".
    I have one of those. It's a great orchid for a beginner, congrats!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kmac View Post
    I have one of those. It's a great orchid for a beginner, congrats!
    Thank you! I am surprised to have found this far in northern Ontario. I feel privileged to own one.

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    Certainly glad I read this, even if I don't have an Oncidium!

    The statement, "Plants that receive sufficient light to flower often exhibit scores of tiny brown spots on the leaves and their leaf-tips frequently turn yellow", must apply to my Dimerandra!

    While it seemed very healthy, the leaves kept doing this enough to disturb me - at first, I thought it might have Anthracnose, which I've never seen before, but seemed possible from on-line research - but since it just pertained to a few leaves here-and-there, I let it ride for the time being -

    Then, I saw, in the few good pics of other Dimerandra plants I found, the same thing was true of their leaves - so I relaxed.

    Now, Between Kirk suggesting that I look into Oncidium a bit for clues to my Dimerandra, & this bit of information, & the on-line pics of other Dimerandra compared to pics of Oncidium, & a bit of info I read that said Dimerandras often lose some leaves in preparation for flowering (still have to confirm that) -

    I can now feel Happy That something was I worried about instead probably means I am doing the right things to get my plant to bloom!

    Thanks, Bruce!

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