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Growing Oncidium Alliance Orchids

30.04.2024 10:20 AM By peter

Growing Oncidium Alliance Orchids

The Oncidium Alliance Orchids, also known as Oncidium orchids, encompass a diverse group of orchid species and hybrids. Renowned for their vibrant and intricate flowers, they are favored by orchid enthusiasts for their beauty and relatively easy care requirements. 

Below is a comprehensive guide to successfully growing Oncidium Alliance Orchids.


Oncidium orchids thrive in bright, indirect light. They generally prefer about 12-14 hours of light per day, but they should be protected from direct sunlight, especially during the hottest parts of the day. A south or east-facing window is often ideal for providing the necessary light levels.


Maintaining the right temperature is crucial for the health of Oncidium orchids. They typically prefer daytime temperatures between 21°C to 27°C (70°F to 80°F) and nighttime temperatures around 13°C to 18°C (55°F to 65°F). Providing a slight temperature drop at night can encourage blooming.


Oncidium orchids thrive in moderate to high humidity levels, ideally between 50% to 70%. To increase humidity, consider placing a humidifier near the plants, using a humidity tray filled with water and pebbles, or grouping orchids together.


Proper watering is essential for Oncidium orchids. Allow the growing medium to almost dry out between waterings, but never let it become bone dry. When watering, thoroughly soak the potting medium and allow excess water to drain away. Avoid wetting the leaves to prevent rot. In general, water Oncidiums more frequently during their active growing season (spring and summer) and reduce watering during their rest period (Autum/fall and winter).

Potting Medium:

Oncidium orchids prefer a well-draining potting medium that allows air circulation around the roots. A common mix consists of bark, perlite, and sphagnum moss. Repotting should be done every 1-2 years or when the potting medium starts to decompose.


During the active growing season, fertilise Oncidium orchids regularly with a balanced orchid fertiliser. Dilute the fertiliser to half or quarter strength to prevent burning the roots. Reduce or stop fertilising during the rest period.

Air Circulation:

Good air circulation is crucial for preventing fungal and bacterial diseases in Oncidium orchids. Ensure there is adequate ventilation around the plants, especially in humid environments. Gentle air movement from a fan can be beneficial.


With proper care, Oncidium orchids will reward you with beautiful blooms. Most varieties bloom once a year, typically in the late winter or spring. Providing a slight temperature drop at night during the fall can stimulate blooming.

Pests and Diseases:

Keep an eye out for common orchid pests such as aphids, mealybugs, scale, and spider mites. Treat infestations promptly with insecticidal soap or horticultural oil. Additionally, watch for signs of root rot, which can occur due to overwatering or poor drainage.

Growing Oncidium Alliance Orchids can be a rewarding experience for both novice and experienced orchid enthusiasts. By providing the right conditions regarding light, temperature, humidity, watering, and fertilizing, you can enjoy the spectacular blooms of these remarkable orchids year after year. Remember, patience and attentive care are key to success in orchid cultivation.

Have a great week growing,


Orchids In Print


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