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Old 03-27-2013, 01:22 AM
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Oncidium repot

Hello again,

I was given what looks like an Oncidium. It growing outside the pot with bulbs on top of bulbs. Do I just break those off and put it into a small pot?





The previous owner said he had it for 3 years but never got it to rebloom for the last two years.
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Old 03-27-2013, 02:06 AM
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Generally you don't break bulbs off...unless you plan to divide the plant--if you do plan to divide, it's best to have at least 2-3 bulbs per division, and make sure each division has at least one new growth. Single back bulbs (old leafless pbulbs) can also be removed and potted up, but growth takes a long time and isn't guaranteed.
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Old 03-27-2013, 03:49 AM
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So i should just repot as is and leave the bulbs on top out of the potting media?
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Old 03-27-2013, 08:52 AM
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Yes, just leave them like they are when u repot. If you pot them below the media your other bulbs will be too far down and may rot. It looks like it has very good roots and nice plump bulbs!
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It's my first Onc, can someone advise on how to get to rebloom next season? It is outside under 50% shade cloth.
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Old 03-27-2013, 10:55 AM
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My Oncidiums are in an east window currently and get good morning sun, and have already had a rebloom on one it was in July it bloomed. I may put them outside this summer and see how that goes!
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Old 03-27-2013, 11:06 AM
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I love the one root sticking out in the first picture lol
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Old 03-27-2013, 11:16 AM
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I used to grow Oncs but have since given them away. They just weren't my thing. But when I did grow them, I gave them plenty of bright light. I grow outdoors from April to October. They would get direct sun early morning til maybe 10-10:30, dappled light the bulk of the afternoon, and more direct sun from 5 to dusk.
I would just repot on a larger pot, with a good medium bark with maybe some charcoal and/or perlite mixed in. It's ok that those bulbs won't be in the medium. Or if you want you can divide the plant.
Also, from my experience growing Oncs, they were water hogs. I was growing mine in S/H and almost daily the reservoir was empty.i think a good repot, good light and watering regularly and it should rebloom for you on the next new growths.
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so if i divide, i would just split the bottom bulbs and leave the double stackers outside of the bark?
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Old 03-27-2013, 02:35 PM
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Hi there mnguyen110

Yup, it is okay to leave those double stackers..oncidiums are just like that, they like to climb out When I repotted mine after summer, I decided to divide my plant and left the half with stackers in its container. My plant was looking so dehydrated that is why I figured it needs some good repotting.

Like you I was trying to see how I could pot this one properly as some pseudobulbs are out as well as the roots. I do not want to mount it, so I kept this half stacked like that. I have to leave one old browning pseudobulb, cannot remove it without totally dismantling this half and I need all those remaining bulbs together for more core energy.

After repot, the one with dehydrated pseudobulbs and with stackers, sent a bloom spike with blooms from September 2012 to Feb. 2013. As mentioned above this plant is always thirsty, so it just loves being constantly moist. The other half of my plant, I have repotted in a more snug container, and is now making new pseudobulbs. So more fun on the way!
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After cutting the spike and repotting, should a dormant period be observed for an oncidium? IE: Less watering and fertilizing for about a month?
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I just continue on with my usual regimen in caring form them after repot or cutting a spike. Since during repot, the new media being used has been pre-soaked so I can wait a bit to water once again. You still have to observe that the media is moist but not soggy wet. If growing conditions are good, whether your pseudobulbs are wrinkled or shiny firm, that plant will send out a spike when it is ready.
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so if i divide, i would just split the bottom bulbs and leave the double stackers outside of the bark?
If you look at your 2nd picture, I can see right where I would divide if the plant were mine. There is a natural gap from the upper left third of the picture down and around to the bottom left third. From what I can see, this would divide the plant pretty evenly also. To accomplish this, you can divide in one of two ways. You can take a sterile knife and just cut the plant in half to and from the points I mentioned. Or sometimes when you go and repot, the plant will divide itself. Or you may be able to just pull the two sections apart with your hands. These orchids have many roots and if you cut or ruin a few in the process shouldn't hurt the plant sections overall. As long as you repot them and continue to give them good care, they will reward you. Some people prefer keeping the plant as is, making for a nice specimen plant. Others like more manegable plant size or like to give away divisions to friends or other orchid growers. The choice is yours. Good luck!
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I have always put oncidiums in lava rock. I never could grow them in anything else. Now that I have mini oncidiums, I use smaller lava rock.
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I divide oncidiums by just pulling them apart with my hands. I just divided my onc. cheiroporum that way. Good luck!
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Here is what I ended up with. I removed only one of the bulb since it was the only one growing in the opposite direct of the other. I know it might not servive but it will be an experiment.

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Hopefully the solitary one will do good indeed...though ideally it should be at least 3 bulbs..who knows it may immediately send a new bulb from one of the dormant ones at the base. Good luck!
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Got three new spikes!





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Old 05-14-2013, 05:21 AM
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