How do you identify an Oncidium orchid?

Psychopsis. The Butterfly orchid (Oncidium Papilio) is a unique and fanciful orchid with attractive foliage and blooms atop very tall spikes that look like butterflies dancing in the breeze. Blooms are born sequentially on the same spike for many months.

What does an Oncidium orchid look like?

The most common oncidium grow well under normal indoor conditions. They have large pseudobulbs (a bulbous thickened area of the stem) that come up from a mass of thin white roots. The large leaves can get up to 2 feet long and emerge from the pseudobulbs. The oncidium flowers in fall.

How do I identify a phalaenopsis orchid?

The leaves are the defining features of a phalaenopsis. Each mature plant has six to eight broad and thick leaves that grow overlapping on a central stem. Each pair of leaves has individual leaves growing opposite each other. The large leaves are succulent and leathery that usually grow in two rows.

How do I know what kind of orchid I have?

If you do not have the original tag identifying the orchid, then the easiest way to identify it is with the flowers. Look at the shape, color, patterns, and size of the bloom. Most orchids come in many colors, so you cannot identify an orchid solely by the color or size of the flower, but it may help narrow it down.

How much light do Oncidium orchids need?

Where should I put my orchid? Oncidiums are light-loving orchids, with some able to handle direct, full sun. They thrive at 60-65° F at night, and 70-85° F during the day.

How can you tell how old an orchid is?

Orchid owners can tell if leaves are older by checking to see if new roots are emerging from the stem where the leaves once occurred. Those roots will eventually form a mass of roots that will be visible.

Are Oncidium orchids easy to care for?

While these orchids are mainly epiphytic (growing in trees), their habitats are so diverse that they can be one of the more challenging orchids for beginners. To help your Oncidium thrive, keep some simple growing tips in mind.

What kind of flowers do Oncidium orchids have?

Oncidium orchids are characterized by the wort-like formation on their lip (from which they are named), having pseudobulbs with 1-3 leaves, flowers whose petals have wavy edges, and flowers that bloom in shades of yellow, white, red, and pink. Oncidiums are often referred to as spray orchids, because of the raceme’s colorful bursts of flowers.

What is the name of the fan shaped orchid?

Oncidium Tolumnia, also known as called Equitant, are small miniature fan shaped orchids from the oncidium family of Tolumnia. These arrive to us with no name and blooms are not open.

Why are Oncidium orchids called Dancing Ladies?

Nicknamed dancing ladies because the oncidium’s large flower petal brings to mind full yellow skirts – especially when fluttering in a light breeze. However, not all oncidiums sport the yellow skirt.

What’s the difference between an Oncidium and a Phal?

If you are also growing Phalaenopsis alongside an Oncidium, keep in mind that the Oncidium is a medium-light orchid, while your Phal is a low-light orchid. Place your Oncidium a bit closer to the window than you would a Phal.

What do dendrobium orchids look like?

Dendrobium is a diverse genus of orchids with different cultural needs. This culture information is for the phalenopsis-type dendrobiums pictured above. They are evergreen with thin, tall stems (pseudobulbs). Water your orchids in the morning so that the leaves are dry before night.

What is the difference between dendrobium and phalaenopsis?

One of the main differences between dendrobium and phalaenopsis orchids is blossom longevity. Although they resemble one another, dendrobium flowers are only displayed for up to 6 weeks before they fade. Phalaenopsis blossoms flourish for up to 3 months at a time.

What is the difference between cymbidium and dendrobium orchids?

All orchid flowers share the “same building plan”, so I guess many species/genera might look similar. One clear difference for me is that the “typical” cymbidium has flowers that are waxier/meatier than the ones from the typical dendrobium.

How do you treat dendrobium after flowering?

Cut the flower stem just above the top leaf of the pseudobulb when the Dendrobium has finished flowering. You should care for the plant the same after flowering as during flowering. There is no need to repot.

How do you revive dendrobium?

Drench your dendrobium in its pot once a day for a few days. Run the pot under a gently flowing tap of tepid water soaking the planting medium and lower quarter of the stem. Allow all of the water to drain through to the sink below before placing the orchid back in its decorative pot and/or growing location.

What is the most common type of orchid?

Phalaenopsis are the most common orchids in the marketplace and are commonly known as “moth orchids.” They usually have wide, flat, dark leaves that are arranged opposite each other.

How do you keep Dendrobium blooming?

To encourage your Dendrobium orchids to bloom, you should feed them a specialised orchid fertiliser with every second watering. Dilute this according to the plant food manufacturer’s instructions, to avoid burning your orchid’s roots.

Why is my Dendrobium orchid not flowering?

Overall, the most common reason that orchids fail to bloom is insufficient light. In summary, if you have a Dendrobium, Cattleya, Oncidium, Cymbidium, Vanda, Brassia or other high light orchid growing indoors on a windowsill and it has not bloomed in a year or two, chances are a lack of sufficient light is the reason.

How big does a dendrobium orchid flower get?

Among my favorites is Dendrobium loddigesii. They are cute little plants (up to 8 inches/20 centimeters high) with two-inch-wide (five centimeter) flowers. Like all other Dendrobium, these Chinese beauties require bright light.

How tall are the flowers of a Brassia?

Some species are very small in height while others can reach the height of up to 6ft. Some have several flowers each inflorescence, while others only have one at their inflorescence. Their flowers have various white and green shades depending on the species and often emit unique smell at night. Brassia is a genus known for its spider-like looks.

Why is the dendrobium orchid called the phalaenopsis orchid?

The Phalaenopsis type of Dendrobium orchid is so named because the flowers look like another genus—Phalaenopsis. With up to 20 flowers at a time, these beautiful orchids certainly give you all the bangs for the bucks.

How tall does a Brassia spider orchid get?

Most types reach around a foot in height, but some are much larger (up to 1 meter) and will need support. Brassia orchids will do well on a window sill but need protection from direct sun by use of net curtains or a similar kind of light-diffusing screen. Brassia verrucosa is a classic Spider Orchid and very popular.