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Oncidium hyphaematicum spike

Discussion in 'Orchid Culture' started by D Cal, Apr 14, 2020.

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  1. D Cal

    D Cal Marin County California Outdoor (mostly) grower

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    Hi,

    I have an Onc hyphaematicum since 2 years, purchased in spike. This is the first time I've rebloomed it. However, only the last ~ 1/3 of the spike has flower buds. I am wondering if this signifies anything.

    I can say that about a year after I had it, I checked and it had no roots, then this winter I checked again and the new bulb had some roots starting, and I repotted it into a very tight container. So maybe it's a vigor issue?

    I have read that this is a relatively dry/arid plant - not much rainfall in the habitat, year-round. Although - the person I got it from didn't know that, treated it like the rest of her oncidiums I guess, and it was going great guns when I got it.

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    thanks for any insight you may have.

    DH, Marin County CA
    still sheltering in place!
     
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    Ray Orchid Iconoclast Supporting Member

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    Looks about right, to me.
     
  3. D Cal

    D Cal Marin County California Outdoor (mostly) grower

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    I'm going to go with poor roots. Apparently this is a branching spike plant when well grown. I hope I can get it to that point!
     
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    Ray Orchid Iconoclast Supporting Member

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    Or plant maturity or how well your cultural parameters meet its needs.

    My first blooming involved a spike that was 4’-5’ long, with minimal branching. Over time, it got longer at each blooming, with more branching. The last time it gloomed before I sold the plant, it was over 12’ long.