Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Oncidium Sharry Baby 'Sweet Fragrance'
This Oncidium hybrid has many virtues, it is relatively easy to grow, can be forgiving of neglect and if well cared for, it can produce large inflorescences of deliciously fragrant flowers that produce a powerful chocolate fragrance. A single large mature pseudobulb can produce two inflorescences at the same time and those can carry dozens of flowers. I have read that some people don't like the leaves of this orchid because they are not the smooth green of other Oncidium but can be covered with tiny blemishes, but to me this is a minor defect. The flowers are so nice that it is easy to overlook the leaves. Best of all mature plants can be found in many places from specialist orchid vendors to department stores. Good sized and well bloomed plants can often be obtained at reasonable prices.
How I cultivate this plant:
Light: Young plants get bright shade, adult plants get a few hours of sun in the morning but are sheltered from the harsh midday sunlight. Giving the plants as much light as they can stand without burning has given me the best results.
Watering: Almost every day when the plant is producing its pseudobulbs, particularly the phase where the pseudobulb is increasing in size.
Fertilizer: In every watering when the plant is producing new growths. No fertilizer when it is blooming or not growing.
Potting media: It seems to grow equaly well in bark, tree fern and coconut husk pieces.
Temperature: Summer: 85F day, 75F night, winter 75F day, 65F night.