Clare (from my orchid diary) asked me recently to talk about how I care for my Oncidium twinkle and if I could make a post about it.
As you can see she’s still in bloom and seems to be very happy (she’s forgiven me for some poor watering habits of late) I am adjusting to my new phone camera, I feel like it may not be as clear as the last.
I can’t say I do all that much differently for her but here we go. She seems to like a lot of light so in the summer she sits in a well lit spot (not direct sun) and now she sits in a shelf with two strips of light near her, above and to the side.
I know she hates drying out so I try not to let that happen. She’s not in the large bark and seramis mix, instead she is in the finer granulated seramis alone. This is more moisture heavy than the mixture (maybe like sphagnum moss but without the deterioration).
And then in the summer I fertilise every two weeks with a big standard orchid fertiliser.
As you know, her spikes took something like 4-5 months to develop but then she produced 4 spikes so I can’t complain. And they are perfumed blooms, gorgeous tiny blooms which smell like cake, in no way overpowering, just a delicate sweet smell.
You may have noticed that she has some brown leaves, this isn’t the first time this has happened. The last time I snipped the brown leaves and she recovered.
I wonder if it follows periods of stress (prolonged dry spells when I have not watered her sufficiently) orchids are slow to react at times. But she seems healthy, despite the brown/ yellow leaves. I’m not sure.
Also, the recent disaster with my Howard’s dream has made me wonder about spider mites. I don’t object to using chemical miticides for my orchids so I may do so in the not too distant future. Does anyone have a recommendation regarding a miticide?
Clare, I hope this was somewhat enlightening, even if just to show that may care is similar to yours. For everyone else, if you haven’t checked out Clare’s page, you should definitely do so here.
Have a good weekend people.