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Oncostele Catante 'Pacific Sun Spots'

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    Default Oncostele Catante 'Pacific Sun Spots'

    I hope I don't bore anyone who has seen this orchid in bloom for sometime now, but this is it's forth blooming spike this year with one more coming up. I read were two blooming cycles a year is fairly common. I'd like to know if five flowered spikes is uncommon or no. Thanks in advance for your patience. AL

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    mine is pretty small, blooms every six months or so. very slow growing, in fact some other plants that have tripled in size while it just pops out a new growth every six months. i have 2 leads now though, so i hope it picks up steam. i love the colors on this one, and i want to keep it inside at a south window, but i bet it would do better outside.... with even more light. it really reaches for the window.

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    Most of these intergenerics in the Oncidium Alliance are capable of producing two new growths from each leading bulb, and usually of double spiking too. Under ideal culture, that is ! Much easier to say than prescribe, since what suits one grex is not quite ideal for the next, and so on. They are all based on South American species coming from rain forest which is pretty damp most of the time, with only low or medium light , as the thin leaves and soft bulbs will tell you. They don't need more than a week or two of rest, if any - hence it is common to complete a cycle of growth, flower , rest, and start again in 10 months in UK - and I am told 8 months ( by way of example) on the Mid-Atlantic Islands - Madeira etc, so no doubt in some places, 6 months is possible too.
    How big you can grow them is mainly a matter of what kind of compost etc you use. If it is a bark one, then you perhaps have to do a major strip and clean every 3 or 4 years, or the oldest compost left around the roots will get sour and the plant will go backwards. And then you will find it better to go on with say 4 divisions, rather than try and re-establish a big clump.
    But the award lists and detaiuls in AOS, via Orchidwiz etc., will show you that 30 or more spikes is not impossible.
    Way to go !

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    Lovely colour.

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    No bored at all! I love this beauty. It is well grown and bloomed. Keep the updates coming!!

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    Never get tired of seeing it! Who couldn't love this flower?

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    I always enjoy bright flowers and new pictures! Right now none of mine are blooming, it keeps me happy until the next one starts!

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    don't grow many in this family, but always enjoy seeing them, beautiful color on this one, not boring at all

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    My thanks to all of you for your responses. A special thanks to Geoff for his very right on/useful information. I appreciate your thoughts and research Sir! By the way coeruleo; I believe that your on the right track in terms of your cultural care of this Oncostele. Geoff's information more than surffices anything I might add, other than saying to you that besides plenty of water I am a bit heavier on the fertilizer with this orchid as compared to others. AL

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    Bored are you kidding this is beautiful would never get tired looking at it thanks for sharing it with us.

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