OncidiumThe Oncidium originally comes from Central and South America and belongs to the Orchidaceae family (orchids). This is one of the largest plant families and has more than 20,000 known varieties. Give the plant a well-lit spot but direct sunlight should be avoided from March through to September. Do not place the plant in a draughty room. The ideal temperature is ±20 șC (room temperature) throughout the year. Keep the plant quite moist and prevent the pot ball from drying out. Ensure that excess water is removed from the pot or dish. If this is not done the roots will be harmed. The plant can be kept a little drier in the winter. Give fertiliser once every fortnight during summer and once a month in winter. The plant may be re-potted if it becomes pot-bound or if the ground is exhausted. Once the plant has finished flowering it can be pruned back to a height of 20cm above the pot. The plant will form new branches and in the right conditions it will flower again the following season.
The best tips for caring for your plant:
- Good light, but no bright sunlight.
- Ideal temperature 20 șC.
- Keep damp, compost must not dry out.
- Do not leave excess water in saucer/dish.
- Apply fertiliser once a month.
- Immerse plant in water if it becomes dry.
- Keep out of draughts.
- Long lasting.
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