Oncidium Orchid - Dancing Lady

Common Names: Dancing-Lady, Oncidium Orchid

Botanical names: Oncidium spp

Availability: Year round

Vase life: 10 to 14 days

Storage temperatures: 55 - 60 degrees Fahrenheit

Ethylene Sensitive: Yes

Description: The Oncidium orchid gets its common name "Dancing Lady" from the distinctive shape of its petals which resemble the full skirt of a ball gown. The petals are asymmetrical and irregularly shaped. They can be broad or narrow, with ruffled or fringed edges. Oncidium orchid blossoms typically grow in clusters on long, arching stems, creating a stunning cascade of flowers. This arrangement adds drama and visual impact to the orchid plant, making it a popular choice for floral displays and arrangements.

Color: Brown, Orange, Red, Yellow

Botanical facts: Due to their popularity among orchid enthusiasts, Oncidium orchids are extensively hybridized to create new cultivars with diverse colors, patterns, and flower forms.

Design notes: Oncidium Orchid blossoms add vibrant color and exotic shape to a floral arrangement. Their long sweeping branches have a beautiful draping quality adding motion and line extension. The blossoms appear to dance in the slightest breeze.

Purchasing hints: Select healthy stems with vibrant flowers. Translucent blossoms are an indication of age and ethelyne damage.

Conditioning: Cut the stem ends with a sharp knife. Hydrate in a solution of water and commercial floral food for two hours before storage or usage.

Additional notes: Orchids have long been highly sought after, probably for the unusual beauty of their design. Orchid hunters in the nineteenth century collected them by the ton, and chopped down as many as four thousand trees at one time for the Orchids growing on them.

Video Demonstration:

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