Oncidium Orchid 'Colmanara' Jungle Monarch
The Oncidium family is very large and includes many flower varieties. The most common flower variety is often referred to as the "dancing lady". This instruction sheet deals with Oncidium types that have thin leaves, pseudobulbs, and branching sprays with flowers coloured in yellow and mahogany. The flowers are a combination of yellow and burnt orange centres.
Depending on the variety the flowering season can be at any time of year, but is generally heaviest in the Autumn and spring. Many hybrids can bloom 2-3 times per year. The flower spikes on Oncidiums generally grow to a medium or tall length and branch out in several directions. Each new growth that develops produces a flower spike once the pseudobulb is of mature size. When the flower spikes are finished blooming, they can be cut down to where the spike meets the leaves.
Size (Can grow to)
Max Height 20-90cm & Width 20-90cm
Upright / Cascading. Flowers Early August onwards
They grow well in a warm position with deep shade. Position the plant in dappled light. Use an orchid growing mix. Avoid direct sunlight particularly in the afternoon.
Water when the mix just approaches dryness. This will mean about every 5-7 days. Oncidiums prefer clean water without a lot of mineral content. Therefore growing best when you use distilled, reverse osmosis or rainwater. Avoid wetting the flowers.