ONCIDIUMS: Breeding Characteristics

Oncidium Alliance Orchid Doctor

by Robert M. [Bert] Hamilton (Compiler)

Originally published in The Orchid Doctor in 1980 and 1988

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18 oncidiums, species and hybrids, rated for a projected attempt at improvement of Oncidium Goldiana (Golden Shower) by eliminating virus; 13 criteria applied, pointing to perfection; refer to OD80-45+
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ONCIDIUMS: Sexual Compatibility Groupings 58 species arranged by name in four groups on the basis of sexual compatibility for breeding; six other genera grouped on the basis of their compatibility with oncidiums; much other breeding data; refer to A64-1035+ 0
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ONCIDIUMS: Watering Many oncidiums dislike heavy watering; they need a decided reduction except when in full growth. OR75-209On repotting the mix should be open and only a sniffle of water applied, no more is necessary; mule-eared types reserve lots of energy in their massive leaves; let the roots develop so they will be full when needed; many come from areas of little rain, or long dry periods. OR85-136 0

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