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Old 03-27-2024, 03:33 PM
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I told myself I wouldn't fall for the chocolate fragrance orchids. But then I saw Raspberry Chocolate.... Searching online there are lots of variables on how it smells. Anyone care to share their thoughts? Also does it bloom multiple times a year? (Assuming it is happy?)
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I have a young Oncidium Aka Baby 'Raspberry Chocolate' (Oncidium Jimbo x Oncidium Sharry Baby) that bloomed for the first-time last July and had 12 blooms that remained for 5 weeks.

The fragrance can be described as sweet (not really raspberry) with a hint of chocolate. I could smell it several feet from the plant.
Sense of smell is so subjective; we could smell the same flower only to give different descriptions, but I would say it was pleasant.

I have 2 new growths that fingers crossed will give me lots of dark red and white blooms this year
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That seems like a nice first bloom! I imagine that many factors go into the fragrance. I did see more than one that posted it smelled of moth balls. Glad yours is much nicer than that. How big does this grow?
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I read that AKA Baby were bred to have shorter spikes than Sharry Baby, which people have complained are too long.

Mine is still young and I donít know how big it will get.
Oncidium Jimbo is a smaller hybrid and Sharry Baby can get big so maybe AKA Baby gets some of Jimboís mini characteristics.

Is easy to grow.
I have mine in small/medium Orchiata bark and perlite in a plastic pot (no slots).
I water every second day in the warm season and every third day in cold season, but I have on a seedling heat mat. I notice the pbulbs start to wrinkle if I wait to water longer.

I thought I had a picture of the bloom somewhere, but I canít find it.
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Thanks for the info. Odd how hard it is to find average plant height information for orchids. I have seen the pics of the blossoms, which I like better than Sharry Baby. I do have Pacific Sunrise Hakalau, which is supposed to be about 12" and is also supposed to have the chocolate scent. It is very young, and I got it in an assortment I ordered.
Don't expect to see blooms on that any time soon!
Mine are under lights and I have them in a "mini" greenhouse stand. I added a humidifier to boost the humidity as our house is dry in the winter. They are growing like little weeds.
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My next Onc. purchase will be Oncidium Gold Dust.
This one is a small plant with bright yellow blooms and also easy to grow.
I saw one in bloom recently and it had a great sugar cookie smell.
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That is another one I got in my assortment. The color of the blossoms can vary from what I gather. Mine is doing well. I enjoy watching the new growths come, the blossoms will be a bonus. I just got a Rex's Luck Firefly, which is different. Supposed to smell lightly of honey.
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