Odontoglossum multistelare (Oncidium multistelare) – 365 days of orchids – day 1284

Odontoglossum multistelare is a cool growing species found in cloud forests at around 2000m altitude from Ecuador to Peru. The plant produces branched spikes of attractive flowers each summer and a small plant produces a lot of flower for its size.

Some names are better than others and multistellare meaning many starred seems a good choice for this species.

We now grow our odontogloissums in baskets hanging in cool Americas (min 12C). The target to achieve really good plants seems to be to grow health roots and then keep the roots alive for years – this allows plants to make large bulbs that reward us with long spikes of these graceful flowers. Heavily watered baskets and a very open bark compost seems seems best for good root development in our conditions.



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