This plant was in flower during the early part of the winter (late october through december). I really liked the fragrant large white flowers, even double spike for that! so I was determined to keep it.
Shortly after flowers were gone, it sent up two new shoots, but only one grew while the other one hault.
The plant seemed to stop growing after making two leaves. I had no idea why. It could have been the heat wave when I first moved to my new place, or not enough water as all the leaves are severely wrinkled.
I love to water liberally, but all plants in the oncidium family I buy come in the same type of potting medium. I am not sure what it is, but it is very fine grade, densely packed moss of some kind, also very dark in color.
These plants love moisture and that potting medium stays moist for a long time. Still, I was being very careful with watering to avoid potentail root rot. maybe I was being a bit too careful.
So that's a little bit of information.
Recently, I found a brown rot starting on the new growth so I cut away small portion of the plant.
Then shortly after that, I decided to repot it.
I thought maybe the potting media was staying too wet.
When I pulled the plant out of its pot, I was surprised to see how healthy and how much root there was!
It literally looked like a bowl of noodle!
I was convinced that this plant couild take much more water. then again, to avoid root rot, I repotted the plant in a fine grade fir bark, which is far more coarse than what it was in before.
The plant is quite big with large pbs, and the bottom end of pbs and where the roots start is so narrow that the whole plant wobbled around like crazy. I had to put two bamboo stakes to support the plant.
As I peaked into the center of growing leaves, I saw fifth leaf coming out, so I guess I still have some hope.
Imagine how sad I was when I saw wrinkled leaves and pbs, not to mention the brown rot.
Today, I also see one tiny new root starting at the base of the new growth. This plant is quite slow in developing new roots for oncidium alliance.
It's funny because normally I wouldn't go through all this work and just toss the plant. but I'm holding on to this one. It is growing for sure and I'm curious to see how it ends up a few month later.