Oncidium Sharry Baby 'Sweet Fragrance' is an epiphytic orchid of hybrid origins (O. Jamie Sutton X O. Honolulu). The plant's pseudobulbs are egg-shaped to 2.5 inches (6.4 cm) across by approximately 3.5 inches (9 cm) long with 2 leathery leaves up to 18 inches (45 cm) long by 2 inches (5 cm) wide. I received this orchid as a gift and was really impressed with the flower size and fragrance. It is an easy orchid to grow and I highly recommend it for all orchid enthusiasts and for beginners.
Blooming: In the greenhouse, the plants blooms in late summer to early fall. The rich mahogany and cream colored flowers are very showy and have the fragrance of vanilla chocolate. The flowers are very long lasting. Bloom stalks can reach up to 3 feet (1 m) in height and may need to be staked for support. Individual flowers are up to 1.5 inches (3.8 cm) long by 1 inch (2.5 cm) wide.
Culture: Oncidium Sharry Baby 'Sweet Fragrance' needs a well drained compost and full to partial sun. In the greenhouse, we use compost consisting of Osmunda or tree fern fiber, with sphagnum moss and small bark chips added to ensure good drainage. The plants are watered and allowed to dry before adding water again. We fertilize the plants weekly with an orchid special fertilizer during the growing season. Plants do best with morning sun and afternoon shade. In the greenhouse, we started growing them in full sun and the leaves tended to produce brownish spots. After moving the plants to a new shaded location this stopped. The plants should never be subjected to temperatures lower than 60°F (15°C) at night. During the winter months, water is restricted to watering plants only enough to keep the pseudobulbs from shriveling.
Propagation: Oncidium Sharry Baby 'Sweet Fragrance' is propagated by the division of the pseudobulbs in spring.
Oncidium Sharry Baby 'Sweet Fragrance' was featured as Plant of the Week August 26-September 1, 2005.
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