Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Oncidium splendidum 'Marty' x self

Oncidium splendidum 'Marty' x self - Flower photo by Richard LindbergLast year when the Oncidium splendidum plants bloomed I planned to change their position in the greenhouse to a brighter location. I totally forgot to do that and this plant is in bloom again. The other plant sent up a spike but after it was about 18 inches tall the buds blasted.

Oncidium splendidum picture taken last yearOncidium splendidum grows in Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. It is a warm to hot growing lithophyte, needs bright light and blooms in spring and summer.

My plan for the two plants is to re-pot them into clay and sphagnum over rock. Both plants are at the edge of their baskets and have several pseudobulbs. I will wait for new growth and be as careful as possible with the existing roots. Mule ears have a reputation for being cranky and sulking for a year after re-potting.

1 comment:

  1. I finally got a spike on my Onc. splendidum, acquired a few years ago from Oak Hill Gardens as a seedling/NBS. Unfortunately, after it got to be about 4" tall, the entire spike blasted. Bummer. The good news is that they're pretty idiot-proof provided that they don't get overwatered, and don't get repotted unless absolutely necessary.