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Caring for Oncidium Orchids: Tips & Information

The Oncidium orchid is a beautiful orchid that is available in roughly 330 different species. Here at Odom’s, this is one of our favorite orchids for sale. If you’re a fan of Oncidium orchids, be sure to check out the various subspecies we carry on our orchid website. If you’re looking for advice on orchid care, then you’re in the right place. Learn more below about how to care for your Oncidium orchids…

A Brief History of the Oncidium Orchid


The Oncidium orchid was named in 1800 by Olof Swartz. If you’re interested in language, then you’ll enjoy knowing how the Oncidium orchid got its name. The name comes from the Greek word “onkos,” which means “swelling.” It’s a perfect name for this beautiful orchid, which really does seem to swell out of the stem!
Oncidium orchids appear in the wild in Mexico, the Caribbean, and portions of South America and South Florida. Here in Orlando, it’s too moist for Oncidium orchids to grow without proper care. However, our greenhouses are equipped to provide any orchids in Florida with the care that they need.
Oncidium orchids come in many different colors and variations. Most Oncidium orchids, however, have a golden, ruby, yellow, or orangish hue to them.

Oncidium Orchid Care 101


Buying an Oncidium orchid online? Congratulations! We’re sure you’ll enjoy any orchid you receive from Odom’s – especially an Oncidium! Here are some tips you need to know in order for your Oncidium to flourish for many years to come:

Oncidium orchids don’t require much special attention with regards to temperature. During the day, keep your orchid slightly above room temperature (75 – 85º F). During the evening, you can let that temperature drop to a clement 60 – 65º F range.
Mild, filtered light tends to be best for the Oncidium. Getting the right lighting for this type of orchid will require a little trial and error. If the leaves are dark green, the orchid isn’t getting enough light. Reddish green? Probably too much light. If you have the right amount of light, the Oncidium leaves should be bright green.
Allow the Oncidium soil to become slightly dry between watering.

Have more questions about Oncidium orchids? Get in touch with us for additional support in caring for your orchid.