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Dancing lady orchid in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Oncidium Sphacelatum

 

Dancing lady orchid

Oncidium sphacelatum is a species known as Kandyan dancer orchid. These attractive orchids bear yellow and brown flowers on long branching inflorescences and are most eye-catching when in bloom, the large lip being the dominant feature.

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plant Features
  • Dancing lady orchid likes partial shade

    Partial shade

  • Dancing lady orchid likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

  • Dancing lady orchid is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Dancing lady orchid likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

 
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plant information

Common name

Dancing lady orchid

Latin name

Oncidium Sphacelatum

type

Orchid

family

Orchidaceae

ph

5.0 - 8.0 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Dancing lady orchid likes partial shade

    Partial shade

  • Frost

    Dancing lady orchid is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Soil

    Dancing lady orchid likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

  • Water

    Dancing lady orchid likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant
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    When the plant will bloom

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Dancing lady orchid is 1.30meters x 1.20meters 1.30 M 1.20 M

Oncidium Sphacelatum

Oncidium sphacelatum is a species known as Kandyan dancer orchid. These attractive orchids bear yellow and brown flowers on long branching inflorescences and are most eye-catching when in bloom, the large lip being the dominant feature.


Flowering

From Early Spring TO Late Winter

Oncidium produces flowers that last about three months (sometimes even longer) at any time of the year. Once the flowers have faded, cut the flowering stalk back to just above the second node (joint) visible beneath the spent flowers. A new flowering side shoot may develop.

 

Planting young plants

From Early Spring TO Late Winter

Sometimes small plantlets (keiki) appear from the nodes on the flower stems. Detach the plantlets when they have developed several good roots and pot them up in orchid compost. Water them sparingly at first, but mist them daily. Always use a proprietary orchid compost. Ensure good light levels in winter, as these are essential to encourage flowering. An east- or west-facing window would be ideal. Move to a shadier spot in summer and protect from direct sunshine.

 

Flowering

From Early Spring TO Late Winter

Many orchids do not have a flowering season and flowers may be produced at any time if the right conditions are being met. Terrestrial orchids grown outdoors will mostly flower in the summer months. Flowers can last for several months.

 

Planting young plants

From Early Autumn TO Late Autumn

Sometimes small plantlets (keiki) appear from the nodes on the flower stems. Detach the plantlets when they have developed several good roots and pot them up in orchid compost. Water them sparingly at first, but mist them daily. Always use a proprietary orchid compost. Ensure good light levels in winter, as these are essential to encourage flowering. An east- or west-facing window would be ideal. Move to a shadier spot in summer and protect from direct sunshine. When planting terrestrial orchids outdoors, plant in semi-shade, no direct sun at midday. A very suitable place would also be on the north side of a building. Most orchids are woodland plants and therefore prefer cool sites, which do not become too dry and hot during summer. Places where ferns thrive are also suitable for. Don’t plant your orchids close to trees or big shrubs because their roots are effective competition for water and nutrients! Autumn is the best season for planting. Spread out the roots in the upper 10 cm (4 inches) of the soil, the rhizome 2-3 cm (1 inch) below the surface, shoot buds upwards. Fill in the remaining substrate without compressing it, and water thoroughly.

 
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