Friday, March 12, 2010

Oncidium splendidum 'Marty' x self

Oncidium splendidum 'Marty' x self - Flower photo by Richard LindbergLillian has a pair of Oncidium splendidum plants. They are hanging a ways back from the light and bloom every year. The two plants came into the collection from the Sea God nursery by way of another SCOS who shared pieces of his plant.

Oncidium splendidum at Steve Christoffersen's greenhouseOncidium splendidum grows in Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. It is a warm to hot growing lithophyte, needs bright light and blooms in spring and summer.

Since both of the plants are growing and blooming I am inclined to leave well enough alone. But when I visited Steve Christoffersen to look at his seedlings and flasks, I spotted his Oncidium spendidum sitting right in the middle in regal splendor. It had two tall spikes and a mass of flowers along with this very nice color. His is growing in much higher light than are Lillian's plants. After they finish blooming and start new growth I will look for a brighter spot for them so that next year the spikes will be bigger and better.

6 comments:

  1. Most of my plants, splendidum included, get high light. Leaves on mine have a bit of purple tinge.

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  2. Did you see the tinge on Steve's? Roll-over on the plant picture. That plant was doing really well with very big pseudobulbs.

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  3. No, I hadn't rolled over. Those are darker purple than mine. I don't have much flexibility in regulating light. Everything is under the same piece of shadecloth.

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  4. I don't always have a roll-over on the right-side picture, but often enough to be worth a try when you read the post.

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  5. The color of the leaves on Steve's plant is incredible. Do you think most oncidium alliance plants can utilize that much bright light and tend towards that color ?

    Charlie

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  6. I think so if the light is increased gradually.

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