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Oncidium Cebolletae Orchid experts out there?

This is a discussion on Oncidium Cebolletae Orchid experts out there? within the Oncidium/ Intergeneric Information forums, part of the Frequently Asked Questions category; Hi Betty, I just took the Oncidium out to repot. I was expecting the roots ...

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    Hi Betty, I just took the Oncidium out to repot. I was expecting the roots to be in worse shape then they appear to me, because I'm
    sure I've been overwatering. What do you think?

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    Bob - I don't know if this helps or not but this is what the Sonoran Desert Museum has to say about this orchid: Alamos Orchids; Oncidium cebolleta

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    Thanks Martha. I've heard some of this but not all. It's been hard finding info. It's good to have a better picture of how it grows - makes even more sense of what Betty had to say. It was good to see the last photo, with roots around the plant. Mine is beginning to do that, and I wasn't sure if I should keep burying them, guess it dosen't really matter.

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    It sure looks like one tough plant hanging out there on a rock wall, good luck with it - martha

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    I bought one early this year and it is mounted.
    A few weeks back I noticed a small flower spike which has grown to about 40+ cm and the first buds are about to open.
    I grow it in an intermediate/warm GH, medium light with a little bit of sun in the late afternoon. It gets sprayed and manured every day. It is also growing new bulbs so I must be doing something right.
    Good luck with yours!

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    Doesn't sound like ANY of you are doing anything wrong! I grow my oncidiums in bark, or LECA; they also do well mounted ( I have several that are monted ) Bob,if it were mine, I'd soak 60% fine fir bark, 20% charcoal & 20% perlite overnight. Pick out a pot with very good drainage (slits on side & holes on bottom) that is slightly larger than the root ball. Trim off ALL dead roots with a sterile knife. Put stryofoam peanuts or lava rocks in the bottom of the pot. Now position the plant in the pot and fill with the fir bark/charcoal/perlite mixture. DO NOT WATER FOR AT LEAST SEVEN TO TEN DAYS! This is the way I re-pot most of my oncidiums...Betty :-)

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    Sounds good. I've already done everything you've suggested, except I was planning on watering in a few days, now I won't. Glad you mentioned that.
    Can't wait to post a photo with a huge cascade of yellow blooms! Thanks again, Bob

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    You're quite welcome, Bob. I'm happy that I could help you. By the way...after re-potting ANY orchid, I let them wait a week to ten days (depending on pot size) for water. I have found that oncidiums especially like to dry between waterings. I bet you'll have a flower spike this coming Fall...Betty :-)

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