How to care for the yellow dancing lady - Oncidesa Sweet Sugar orchid ... formerly known as Oncidium.
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You'll find Oncidesa Sweet Sugar orchid sold across the UK in the houseplant department. The native orchid comes originally from Central and South America though it can even be found growing in Florida. The hybrids that you'll find for sale in the UK will tolerate warm conditions and can be grown easily in the home or in the greenhouse.
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Care Instructions for Oncidesa Sweet Sugar Orchid
- The winter minimum night temperature should be 10°c (50°F).
- The winter day time temperature should be about 15°c (60°F) but keep the plant away from hot radiators and very dry air.
- The summer day time temperature should be steady at 25°c (75°F) and they really like a natural drop in temperature overnight.
Watering - if in doubt don't!
- Give a good water once a week - more often if the conditions are warmer and you notice that the compost is drying out quickly.
- If the new psuedo bulbs appear concertina-like it's a sign of lack of water or that the plant hasn't got a good enough root system to take up the water. The psuedo bulbs which act like water reserves so the orchid can withstand a short period of dryness.
- Repot every other year or if there is no more room left in the pot for new psuedo bulbs to grow.
- Use a good orchid compost that is free draining.
- The roots are very thin so don't repot in a pot that's too big.
- They enjoy lots of light from a south facing window in dark short days of winter.
- During the summer months keep it shaded from the sun or place in a west, east or north facing window.
How long does it flower for?
- The flowers should last about 6 - 8 weeks if the conditions are cool and fresh.
How to look after it after it's finished flowering?
- Once it has finished flowering the old stem can be cut back to the leaf axil to keep the plant looking tidy as it won't flower again from this stem.
- New pseudo bulbs will grow and from those a new stem will appear as the bulb matures.
How to encourage new flowers?
- Once the orchid is in growth mode and shows a new shoot move it into a cooler room until the orchid starts to show a spike forming in the new stem. Then move the orchid back to it's warmer room again to encourage the flowers to grow.
- Give a high potash feed every 2nd or 3rd watering in spring and summer.
- Feed only once a month in autumn/winter.