Friday, December 3, 2010

Oncidium Elegance 'Midas'

Oncidium Elegance 'Midas' - Flower photo by Richard LindbergOne of the things that happens when an orchid is re-potted is shaping. Also important to do is to move leads to the center of the pot. This pair of backbulbs (the brown part in the plant picture) were removed from one of the Sonoma collection plants to allow it to fit in a pot that was appropriate to the amount of roots.

Oncidium Elegance 'Midas' - Plant photo by Richard LindbergOncidium Elegance 'Midas' - Plant photo by Richard LindbergThere were no live roots on this division. They were the oldest part of the plant. I put them in a pot of rocks to prop them up mostly, then I waited. After more than a year they sprouted. I waited as long as I could but now I need to pot the new growth. There is nothing left to get from the old pseudobulbs.

The plant is now in a 2-inch pot in bark. There were some roots but they are not growing, no green tips. We will see if it continues to grow.

Oncidium Elegance 'Midas' is an unregistered hybrid so I don't know what species make up this plant. I know that it does well in intermediate conditions. I got the flower picture when the plant this was taken from bloomed last year. With only one pseudobulb, I don't expect it to bloom for two more years.

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  2. Thanks for the tip, I'll take a look.

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  3. Question for you,

    When you put a rootless backbulb in a pot of rocks, do you give it any water? Or do you wait till you have roots for that?

    Also, do you cut its normal light needs back alittle while you wait for roots?

    Thanks,
    E-

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  4. I don't keep them dry, they get a splash, probably more than is needed.

    I have done both with less light and normal growing level light and I don't see much difference so mine are now in normal light.

    Roots can take a very long time to develop but are most likely to come at the same time as an adult plant is developing new roots.

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