Saturday, March 13, 2010
Pumpkin Patch Odontocidium Orchid
Odontocidium Cantante 'Pumpkin Patch'
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This Orchid was blooming at the show last week and I really liked the color scheme. It would be perfect for autumn. The plants were attached to the columns in the Conservatory with several mixed types of unusually colored Odontocidiums. It was the humid part of the building so after coming in from the cold outside my camera was a little ‘foggy’, but not as bad as it has been in the past. Lucky this Orchid was near the end of that part of the building so it had already cleared up by the time I shot this picture.
Odontocidium type Orchids are a cross between of the 2 Orchid genera Odontoglossum and Oncidium and enjoy temperatures between 75-85 degree F. day and 60-65 degrees F. at night. They also like bright light and a good deal of humidity. Watering should take place when the medium becomes slightly dry. I have found them to be fairly easy to grow and get to rebloom indoors although the flowers don't seem to last as long as some of the other popular types. This hybrid has slightly smaller flowers than most of the Odontocidiums I have seen but the spike itself was quite large and had several flowers out and also several buds ready to bloom.