Thursday, May 19, 2011

Oncidium varicosum

Oncidium varicosum - Flower photo by Richard LindbergSometimes I need to know how to rescue plants where I was the one doing the damage to the plant. About a year ago I was going to mount a Oncidium varicosum but put it aside and promptly forgot about it. I got tipped over and lay on its side for more than a year. The result was three pseudobulbs going one way and one pseudobulb and a new growth growing 90 degrees in a different direction.

Oncidium varicosum - Plant photo by Richard LindbergOncidium varicosum grows in Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay. It is cool to hot growing and blooms in summer and fall with many yellow flowers on spikes up to 5 feet long. The genus Oncidium (Onc) contains 600 species from throughout Central America and South America. They grow in a wide variety of environments. If you know a little about where the species grows, they do very well in cultivation.

Now I have two small divisions, neither of which has roots. It is a good thing this bloomed once for me so I could see the flower.

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