Oncidium orchids

Hubby and I went to Sheridan Nurseries this weekend to pick up an orchid for his mom. I was after something other than the typical Phalaenopsis, but didn’t have time or the knowledge to go through an orchid broker. On the Sheridan website, they showed a number of different and interesting looking orchids and I was delighted to find the Redolance. What made this special was that the blooms are a lot smaller. We liked that there were 2 bloom spikes. Hubby chose a plant where the flower had not opened yet, but fearing that they might not open at all! I told him that it was a perfect idea, and that they would open. I could see that some of them were on the verge of opening. The orchid pot designs were different than those offered at Plant World. Hubby had chosen a more neutral colour, but I like the darker, more metallic looking pot in the photo. He agreed and said it looked more Asian anyway.

Of course I was drawn in myself, and decided that we should get a ‘special’ orchid for ourselves. I ended up with the Wilsonara Tiger Brew ‘Pacific Holiday’. The blooms are bigger, but the shape is pointer than the moth/Phalaenopsis. I loved the bright burst of colour.

Both orchids are Oncidium orchids. Oncidium Orchids are naturally found in the warm temperate regions of the Americas from Florida to Argentina. The varieties most often sold here produce long arching sprays of numerous, exquisite yellow flowers variously speckled with brown, burgundy edged with yellow (often referred to as “wildcats”), creamy-white and light burgundy, and purple and white. Blooms are much smaller, more delicate looking than on a Phalaenopsis but similarly they appear to be hovering. Oncidium’s nickname is “dancing lady” or “dancing doll”.

I find the pseudobulbs interesting on these plants. This is where this type of orchid stores water.

When I woke up the next morning and checked on the Redolance, one of the flowers had started to open overnight! I decided to try to capture it opening further. This video is a collection of photos over a 6 hour period. The jumps are because hubby and I caused some vibration while we were moving soil outside.


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