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Oncidium Alliance - Colmanara Massai 'Red'

Oncidium Alliance - Colmanara Massai 'Red'

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Introducing the Colmanara Massai 'Red,' a mesmerizing orchid hybrid that effortlessly blends the exquisite features of Rhynchostele bictoniensis and Oncidium cariniferum. This remarkable orchid variety is celebrated for its enchanting dark red maroon to nearly black waxy flowers, adorned with an alluring dark pink or purple lip.

Cultivating the Colmanara Massai 'Red' is a joy for orchid enthusiasts of all levels, as it boasts an inherent ease of care. Its deep mahogany petals and sepals, complemented by a striking ruby red lip, create a breathtaking visual spectacle during its blooming phase. The flowers, measuring approximately 2.5 to 3 inches, are clustered in an impressive array of 10 to 20 blooms per spike, gracing your space with their captivating presence for an extended period of 2 to 3 months.

This oncidium hybrid is a reliable bloomer, showcasing its vibrant red and burgundy flowers with contrasting patterns on the petals and sepals. The lip, with its unique shape and coloration, adds an extra layer of sophistication to the overall allure of the plant. The Colmanara Massai 'Red' has the potential to bloom twice per year, offering a consistent display of its striking flowers, making it a sought-after choice among orchid enthusiasts.

Cultivating the Colmanara Massai 'Red,' a stunning orchid hybrid, is a rewarding experience that can be made even more enjoyable with proper care. Here are some essential tips to ensure the health and vitality of your Colmanara Massai 'Red' orchid:

  1. Light Requirements:

    • Provide bright, filtered light for your orchid. A location with indirect sunlight or shaded conditions is ideal. Avoid exposing the plant to direct sunlight for extended periods to prevent leaf burn.
  2. Temperature and Humidity:

    • Maintain a moderate temperature range between 60°F to 80°F (15°C to 27°C) during the day and slightly cooler temperatures at night.
    • Orchids generally prefer higher humidity levels. If your environment is dry, consider using a humidifier or placing a tray of water near the orchid.
  3. Watering:

    • Water your Colmanara Massai 'Red' orchid thoroughly when the top inch of the growing medium feels dry. Use room temperature water to avoid shocking the plant.
    • Allow excess water to drain out of the pot to prevent waterlogging, as orchids dislike sitting in water.
  4. Potting Medium:

    • Use a well-draining orchid mix that provides good aeration for the roots. Orchids typically prefer a mix of bark, sphagnum moss, and perlite.
  5. Fertilization:

    • Feed your orchid with a balanced orchid fertilizer every 2-4 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer). Reduce or eliminate fertilizer during the dormant period in fall and winter.
  6. Air Circulation:

    • Ensure good air circulation around the orchid. This helps prevent the development of fungal and bacterial issues and promotes healthy growth.
  7. Repotting:

    • Repot your Colmanara Massai 'Red' orchid every 1-2 years or when you notice the growing medium breaking down. This is typically done after flowering. Use fresh orchid mix during repotting.
  8. Pruning and Deadheading:

    • Remove spent flowers and yellowing leaves to encourage the plant to focus energy on new growth and blooming.

This is a blooming size orchid in a 4" pot about 1 to 2 years to bloom, grown from seed, limited!

By following these tips, you can create an optimal environment for your Colmanara Massai 'Red' orchid to thrive and showcase its stunning dark red maroon flowers with a captivating ruby red lip. Whether you are a seasoned orchid collector or a novice gardener, the Colmanara Massai 'Red' is an ideal addition to your collection, bringing a touch of sophistication and natural beauty to any space. Elevate your orchid experience with this captivating orchid hybrid that promises not only stunning aesthetics but also a rewarding and easy cultivation process.

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