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Calling Oncidium experts

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    Recieved this Oncidium " Dancing Lady " its out of bloom and has been neglected. I have a few questions that I need your expertise on.

    1) Does the bulbs look like they are too wrinkled? Is this a concern because the leaves are fantastic and show no sign of die back.

    2) I split the rhizome in half one half has a few backbulbs - will this send up a new bulb or has the energy been spent already on the other half?

    3) The half with the newest p.buld does not seem to show any sign of a new p.bulb coming again is this a concern?

    4) When it comes to culture I heard that Oncidium like pleanty of water is this true or shall i let the mix dry out completely before next watering?

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    the plant looks like it is Oncidium Sugar Baby - which some places are selling as Oncidium flexuosum



    Quote Originally Posted by jai_star View Post
    Recieved this Oncidium " Dancing Lady " its out of bloom and has been neglected. I have a few questions that I need your expertise on.

    1) Does the bulbs look like they are too wrinkled? Is this a concern because the leaves are fantastic and show no sign of die back.The pbulbs do not look too wrinkled and it is quite normal.

    2) I split the rhizome in half one half has a few backbulbs - will this send up a new bulb or has the energy been spent already on the other half?There is a good chance that both parts will start a new growth

    3) The half with the newest p.buld does not seem to show any sign of a new p.bulb coming again is this a concern?It's not a concern that the front section is not showing a new growth- give it time.

    4) When it comes to culture I heard that Oncidium like pleanty of water is this true or shall i let the mix dry out completely before next watering?Let the mix dry out almost completely between watering with these.They love bright light,grow under about 50% shade here in NZ and give very good air movement.As you have two plants,pot into the smallest possible pots (use #2 bark,there are some places that sell it- but not garden centers or the like).Mist about twice dayly at this time of year ,as you have no live roots.When new roots do start do not be in a rush to water,and feed very weak about once per week.Also there is not a lot of growing season left,maybe abot 6-8 weeks

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    so you're saying all those roots are dead? gosh i never would have thought

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    The roots look healthy to me and I see new new roots forming on the front lead. In my opinion the p-bulbs look overly wrinkled. Usually old leafless p-bulbs get that way but front leads are usually plump and smooth. The leaves look fine, I wouldn't worry. It will get new growth in time from both divisions, most likely.

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    thats why i'm worried as the leading bulb is wrinkled too what could have caused this?

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    At some stage it has been left to dry out to much.especially this year as it has been very dry and hot.
    I have been watering mine every day through the hottest part of the last two months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jai_star View Post
    thats why i'm worried as the leading bulb is wrinkled too what could have caused this?
    The bulbs should not dry up; because if they do, they rarely plump out again. The new one should be all right. They want more water than what you think. Mine get watered every fourth day and the ones outside, at least twice in a week; more often in the heat of the summer.

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