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Oncidium pseudobulb problem!!

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    Default Oncidium pseudobulb problem!!

    Hi everyone, this is my first time posting. I am new to the addictive orchid scene and i think there is something wrong with the pseudobulbs of my oncidium orchid. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I just bought it about 2 weeks ago and didn't know to much about oncidiums. the green bulb is the one with the stem and flowers, but I'm not sure what to do about the brown ones. I kinda don't think they should look like that. Thanks everyone!

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    Welcome aboard Nik! Oncidiums just do that. The older pbulbs will often wrinkle and turn brown. I have never found it to actually harm the plant though. If pbulbs turn soft and oozy, sometimes I remove them, because I don't want an infection to spread. More often, though, they just turn leathery and hard, and that is OK. You haven't had your plant long, so I suspect, looking at your pot, that it may appreciate a deep watering, and maybe a repotting after it is done blooming. To judge the health of your oncidium, look at how the newest growths are doing.

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    What kind of light are you giving it? It looks like maybe it's getting too much direct sun, to me. I had 1 pbulb and part of a leaf start to do the same thing when it was too close to the window. I moved it back about 6 inches and it's been fine ever since. The rest of my pbulbs on all 4of my onc-types are still bright green.. (except my Sharry Baby, which just seems to want to be darker no matter what the light).

    Welcome to the boards, Nik!

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    I agree with Lynda, I wouldn't worry. I am a great believer in the power of the finger! Poke it intop the pot and if it's dry then water! Judi

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    I will just add Welcome to OrchidTalk, Nik! Follow the advice given above and your orchid will be fine!

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    I would have to agree with the above posts.
    It looks more like a pigmentation issue as a response to too much light rather than a physiological/pathogenic problem.

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    i grow thousands of oncids, literally, and many of them these days are turning out that way naturally. it could also be a brightness issue but your leaves would probly be toast long before your bulbs so i doubt that.. also just cuz they are old bulbs doesnt mean they cant be full!. that baby needs some water... oncids LOVE water, just make sure your media is draining well..

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    Thank you all so much for your welcome's and great replies to my question. I'm glad that there is somewhere I can go if a have any orchid questions!

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    Thanks for all the great tips! thanks to all of your help my Oncid. seems to be doing really well. as you can hopefully see with the pics there are 5 or 6 new roots forming and i think a new pseudobulb also!!! how exciting!
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