My Victorian style orchid fever, has continued with Oncidium orchids. The one in the main picture is Oncidium (Beallara / Aliceara) Peggy Ruth Carpenter. Oncidium alliance orchids are easy to tell apart from phalaenopsis. Oncidiums have plump, oval growths on the bottom of their leaves called pseudobulbs. They do not have any stems as their leaves sprout directly from these pseudobulbs, and flowers are carried on temporary spikes. They produce their flower spikes from either side of the newest pseudobulbs each season. Phalaenopsis are monopodial – meaning they have one main stem. The phals tend to produce a flower spike from the space under their third leaf from the top of the crown.
In November I posted Part 1 about my phalaenopsis orchids, which you can read about here: http://therainqueen.com/orchid-fever-part-1-phalaenopsis-the-gateway-orchids/
Most of the phals are out of flower now but I bought a couple of new ones for Christmas decor like this girl:
I have posted a video on how I repotted the Peggy Ruth Carpenter & the spotted phalaenopsis above:
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The Peggy Ruth Carpenter orchid is quite special because each plant produces a unique spotting pattern. This is the same orchid as mine, but a different plant which I photographed at Lifestyle Garden Centre. Amazing isn’t it? You can easily see the pseudobulb I mentioned earlier, at the bottom of this flower. This orchid has a spicy fragrance that is strongest in the morning.
Here are some more oncidiums on display at the garden centre:
Back to the ones I have at home.
This is Oncidium (Colmanara) Wild Cat Jungle Monarch. It is fragrant (honey), massive and long lasting. I absolutely love it. This orchid did well for we in a spot where it received morning light. It is currently out of flower, but here is the orchid at its peak:
I also have Oncidium (Colmanara) Wildcat Leopard, which I discuss in detail in this video:
My other fragrant oncidiums are the two Sharry Baby orchids. These are the famous orchids that smell like chocolate! I have Sharry Baby Sweet Fragrance & Red Fantasy varieties:
Below is Oncidium Stirbic. Also currently out of flower, but I’m happy to report that it is making a new flower spike. I switched from giving it leaf growth fertiliser, to flowering orchid fertiliser as soon as I saw the little nubbin. I can’t find much information on this orchid, but it seems easy enough to grow.
Below are two the orchids brightening my kitchen window sill and keeping me company, along with Wendy Williams, while I cook. The yellow orchid on the left is a Dancing Lady oncidium and on the right it Burrageara Nelly Isler ‘Boon‘, which is also in the oncidium alliance.
The usual Nelly Isler is red but this orange / peachy Boon variety caught my eye at Plantae Orchids.
Lastly is the Miltoniopsis Herr Alexandre. These “pansy orchids” used to be very popular in the 1970s but fell out of favour. I have read that this has one of the best orchid fragrances but I did not detect a scent on mine the day we bought it because it was already midday / almost afternoon and I have noted most of my fragrant orchids release their scent early in the morning. Any way, I had bad luck with this one because it dropped and shrivelled all the flowers overnight. I must have been the shock from travel in the hot car & change of location I guess.
If you have not been to Plantae Orchids just outside Brits in North West province, check out my video tour of this lovely specialist nursery and its gardens:
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post as much as I have enjoyed putting it together and documenting my orchids.