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    I just bought an Oncidium Sharry Baby... What does that mean? Oncidium is the Genus name I am supposing, but what does Sharry Baby mean? Is it a cultivar/hybrd of some sort, or a subspecies?

    Anyways... How does the care for this differ from a phal?

    Also. All the flowers are dead... Is there a way to instigate a new spike, like you cut 4 notches up, or no?

    Thanks alot guys, and gals! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]
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    Hi Greg

    I love Oncidium's - good buy!

    You got it, Sharry Baby could only be a hybrid. Botanists are generally a serious lot (yes, there are exceptions to the rule) and they don't usually give plants frivolous names like that. Sounds like someone named Sharry or someone trying to get in Sharry's good books named this plant when they bred it.

    I just had a Nepenthes (a species, not a hybrid) named after my wife for pretty much the same reason, ha ha ha.

    Oncidium are dead easy to grow in fact except for Dendrobium they are probably the easiest. Water, etc the same as your Phal but give it more light. I think they like the light a lot, mine do. As they have thin leaves this suggests they do too. Plants with big fleshy leaves like Phals don't, they burn easily.

    I don't believe you can induce them to produce more flowers on the same spike, they're not like Phals in that respect. I find that once the spike has flowered, it dies and I have to wait (about 4 to 6 months) for it to make another. Have a look at the plant and you can see that it is actually bulbous, there are two leaves attached, at the bottom, to each bulb. I may be wrong but it seems that each bulb produces one spike and you have to wait for another bulb to develop before it flowers again from the new bulb. Maybe Merlin or someone more into orchids can confirm/ not confirm that? Just an idea I have.
    Leave and see this time if you want, can't hurt.

    Cheers, Troy.

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    Thanks alot Troy (fb [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img])...

    One of the bulbthingies has the tops of the leaves cut off... I have no idea why, but it does. So now its just a bulb sitting above a pretty pile of bark. Should I leave it, or would it not hurt remove it surgicaly? Hehehe... I might repot it if I find a pot I like, or think will do well for an orchid. The pot its in now seems kinda malproportioned to the plant..........

    Any comments on what I just said?
    Again, Thanks.

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    Someone probably trimmed the tops of the leaves off to make the plant look better. The tips of older leaves tend to get brown. The time to repot an Oncidium is when new growth just starts growing from the base of the pseudobulb. Be careful during the procedure so as to not damage the new growth and any roots that might be starting to sprout.
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    I don't understand completly...

    Mine has three pseudobulbs.

    Two of them (including then one cut just above the end of the psuedobulb) are pseudobulbs between two leaves that have split apart from eachother (I assume they used to for a pseudobulb themselves...)...

    The other pseudobulb is just the bulb, with leaves coming out the top.....

    There is also a piece of hard green sticking out of the bark about two cm away from the rest of the plant...

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    What it sounds like to me is:

    The two with no leaves/ leaves cut down are basically finished bulbs. You won't see much more action from them but don't worry, that's just the way Oncidiums grow.

    The third one with the leaves is your active one, I assume that's the one with the dying spike? Don't freak but that'll probably lose it's leaves sometime later too.

    The "hard green" SOUNDS like it's a new growing shoot developing?

    What do you think Tony?

    Cheers, Troy.

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    Hmm... So it shoots a pseudobulb out of the ground, flips leaves open, puts up a flower spike, then some more leaves (another pair I'mguessing), the the leaves die?

    so the one that has only one set of leaves (the pseudobulb hasnt split and two more havent come out) is gonna flower next?

    What do I do to the finished bulb?

    The green pokey thing is snipped just at the tip of it. Dumb caregivers.
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    Thanks. This is neat.
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    Yeah the new growth forms like a fan of leaves and originates from the base of the previous mature pseudobulb. The fan of leaves will get quite large before you even see the pseudobulb swell up. As it does so, the inner 2 or 3 leaves will end up on top of the pseudobulb while the outer leaves will be enclosing the base of the pseudobulb. Usually the lower leaves only last that single season while the leaves off the top of the pseudo bulb will last several years. Eventually when they fall off the pseudobulb will continue to last several more years leafless. Flowers only develop from the current growth and if I recall correctly they will emerge from the fan of leaves as the pseudobulb is beginning to get plump. All the other pseudobulbs on the plant act as water and nutrient storage devices so that the new growth has plenty of reserves to grow big and strong rapidly.
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