In FLASK. Chysis bractescens photo right, Aspasia lunata, Aspasia sylvana, Aerides quinquevulnerum "Picturata" x Lawrenceae, Dendrobium tetragonum giganteum, Dendrobium tangerine, Renanthera matutina, Doritis pulcherrima "chompornense", Cattleya araguayense, Phalaenopsis schilleriana, Phalaenopsis philippinense.
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Brassavola cucullata, Catasetum laminatum x pileatum "red", Catasetum
thyalaciochilum, Sobennikofia humbertiana, Phalaenopsis violacea
"Borneo", Cattleya iricolor, Clowesia (Catasetum) sps nova Aguirre,
Mormodes petola, Dendrobium amabile, Habenaria rumphii.
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.Oncidiums. The Dancing Ladies.
The genus is of considerable size and in recent times has been split up into different genera, but the species listed below are the old tradional names that I collected long ago, to grow in the tropics of North Queensland.
My first group is the typical large bulbs with several long leaves with long arching to almost pendulous panicles of many flowers. These are basically the warm tropical species from Central America, require a large well drained pot or basket, a media that will drain well but retain some moisture. Species such as spacelatum, panamense, wydlerii, flexuosum, and the smaller grower maculosum Photo right
These will grow in maximum sunlight, short of leaf burn to maximise flowering. In the tropics a tree fork with adequate watering will also do, and provides a place to hang a 6 to 10 foot flower spikes.
My next group is the fasinating Butterfly Oncids, papillio Photo right , kramerianum, versteegiamum and the rare sanderae. Oncid limminghei is included in this group, but requires a different potting/growing method as it creeps, and does best grown somewhat on the dry side on a piece of treefern.
All this group are definitely shade growers, and I have found I need to grow them in the shade with almost as much shade as that for Phalaenopsis. I also apply this and the growing conditions to the rest of the species below.
When not in active growth, plants should be somewhat on the drier side, and when active, maximum ventilation is needed. to prevent new growths damping off. Use a small well drained pot or basket with a media that does dry well, but retain some moisture. In the Nursery a mix of crushed treefern and smallbark seems to work well.
My next group includes the unusual bulbed species like splendidum, ampliatum, lanceanum, carthagenense and the terete leafed sprucei, cebolleta, jonesianum Photo right, teres and stacyi.
Oncidium splendidum has a large thick and rigid erect leaf. It will grow on a large treefern slab or in a well drained pot or basket. It is perhaps a shade grower in the wild, as for many years it was lost due to collectors looking in the trees for it, whereas it was actually growing in grass tussocks , somewhat semiterrestrial.
Oncid ampliatum is also a single leaf species with large marked tortiseshell like bulbs, again grown like the splendidum.
Oncidium lanceanum, carthagenense, luridum, pumilum and stramineum, are the "mule ear leaf" Oncids. with large wide fleshy leaves that end up almost pendulous on some species. The exceptions are pumilum which is a minature plant with short thick erect leaves and stramineum which is a much smaller grower.
The terete leafed species seem to do better in very small well drained pots/baskets. Stacyi and Jonesianum leaves tend to go pendulous, and Jonesianum will grow happily on a treefern mount.
The next group are the equetent, minature Oncids henekenii, pulchellum, calochilum Photo right, triquetrum and several other species I have successfully killed with neglect/poor culture. A small pot/basket or treefern mount is required, as many are swarm growers on twigs. Media must drain well and the small plants can be susceptible to mite/spider mite attack, hiding in the leaf axils. Oncid calochilum has needle like terete leaves and is an amazing minature.
In general, Oncidiums require a well drained media, sufficient sunlight to promote flowering and when not in active growth, a somewhat drier rest.
If plants do not flower, then increase light. If the Butterlly Oncids develop a lot of orange colour in the leaves, then they are getting too much light. If you plants are not well rooted into the media and suffer from black spots and damp off, then cut the water.
Like all ladies, they respond well to love and attention. Happy growing.
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