orchid growing tips

Discussion in 'Orchidaceae (orchids)' started by gladi34, Jan 11, 2009.

  1. gladi34

    gladi34 Member

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    Hi

    I got a oncidium orchid for my bday.

    Checked for growing tips and it says it needs

    Ventilation (to leave a fan on)
    a room temp of 10 -15 c at night
    in direct sunlight

    How exactly do you provide this environment in UK with the current weather.

    I have already lost a huge cactus and am determined not to loose this one.

    Orchid lovers please advice

    Thanks
    Michelle
     
  2. Liz

    Liz Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Oncidium Orchid Plant Profile
    Oncidium Orchids prefer intermediate temperatures. However as Oncidiums originally come from a range of climates from sea level in the tropics to the high mountains of South A merica. Generally speaking they are a hardy variety and will survive in less than ideal conditions. Oncidiums are sometimes referred to as 'dancing girls'
    From
    http://www.nurseriesonline.com.au/PAGES/Oncidium-Orchids.htm

    History
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oncidium


    Culture notes
    http://www.chebucto.ns.ca/Recreation/Orchidcongress/cculture/oncidium.html

    Liz
     
  3. gladi34

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    Thanks a mill Liz, the last link makes a lot of sense.

    Will keep my fingers crossed

    Thanks again
    Michelle
     
  4. gladi34

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    Another shock

    Just noticed that mine have these pest on it !!! by the looks of it they seem to be 'aphids' I don’t want to use pesticides inside the house and don’t really want to use chemicals.

    1. Will spraying water on them once a day help or will it damage the plant ?

    2. Will the pest spread to my cactuses and other plants all of which are inside the house

    I have done the 'sanitation' bit mentioned on this site 'http://www.orchids.mu/Problems/Pests/'

    any ideas ???
     
  5. Teddybear

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    Go ahead and spray them daily with water, this is how you rid a plant of aphids. I don't believe aphids enjoy all plants. I had them on a lily and they never went to other plants. I grow orchids and hoyas.
     
  6. K Baron

    K Baron Well-Known Member

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    No No No...Oncidiums will rot with all that moisture unless this is your season for a flush of growth?... aphids can be dealt with "manually or womanually" if you must,
    as these can be easily removed with your hands at the ready. Oncidiums have two seasons, a wet season when growth is exploding, and almost dry, semi dormant to resting (which species do you have? Mexican/Central American or other? Brazilian?)... spray only the once if dormant, go crazy if not...lol.. and give them loads of light during the winter! Which I read that you are... You have a brave task before you.

    Phalaenopsis have been a charm for me, blooming for over 4 years on average up to 9 months at a time...my success is the diurnal temperature range..., but Cattleyas are even easier to maintain and for years.... however, having a green house is the Maybach of all growing environments for Orchids... I used to have one... thinking about putting one in for the following fall.... good luck, and squish all those nasty ahpids...
     

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