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This is a discussion on Ons Margarete Holm within the Phalaenopsis, Oncidium, & Intergenerics IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Thanks for answering. I gueas this will be my little mystery baby then. Haha, I ...

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    Thanks for answering. I gueas this will be my little mystery baby then.

    Haha, I have always found it kinda weird that they use Cambria as name for so many strains, especially Oncidium of Orchids. Just makes me confused. What is the best care for these. Right now I have it in Orchid compost (mostly bark), in a see through pot. Is that bad for them?

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    Of course it was supossed to say "guess"

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    Quote Originally Posted by nunki View Post
    Thanks for answering. I gueas this will be my little mystery baby then.

    Haha, I have always found it kinda weird that they use Cambria as name for so many strains, especially Oncidium of Orchids. Just makes me confused. What is the best care for these. Right now I have it in Orchid compost (mostly bark), in a see through pot. Is that bad for them?


    ---------- Post added at 08:30 AM ---------- Previous post was at 08:28 AM ----------

    Of course it was supossed to say "guess"
    The reason for so many being called this is simple ; Vuylstekeara Cambria var Plush FCC/RHS was probably the first orchid to be mass-produced on an industrial scale ( using what was then a new technique - meristem tissue reproduction). At one time, 2 million plants a year of the genuine Cambria were being produced in the Netherlands.
    Now the Netherlands is a country devoted to horticulture, and very good at it ; it amounts to 1/3rd of their economy !. A lot of horticultural producers who would not know the difference between an orchid and an onion jumped on the bandwagon and started mass producing other orchids , and not knowing anything about them, called them all by the same name - Cambria. Incidentally Plush is a village 20 miles away from where I live...an old friend now at the end of his life ran a nursery there, and Cambria was among the plants he started off with - it came from a big collection owned by a very rich man who had race horses, an estate, the works..

    Culture ? They are thin leaved plants, with small diameter roots, which means that they must be in very well-drained compost, so as to never get very wet ( or the roots will rot) but at the same time they should never dry out. Bark is fine, but maybe add a bit of coarse Perlite and/or charcoal . The parents mostly come from high altitude South American rain forest - not ultra high altitude , but higher ( and therefore cooler) than cattleyas. Well grown in UK - usually a cool country, Oncidiums especially those based on what used to be called Odontoglossums , complete a growth and flower and rest cycle every 9 or 10 months , so they flower earlier and earlier each year.Of course they also love our cool weather, and noticeably do much better in the North of England than they do in the south - they will have hated our recent heat-wave - temperatures above 25 C. in the shade for a whole 15 days plus... but it is due to start raining tomorrow, thank goodness - my garden can't stand all the heat.
    Hope this helps.

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    Wow, I love the middle picture! Great colors and contrast!

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    Love the dark, striking colors of this orchid. The blooms are superb. Great last photo!!

    cheers,
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