The great thing about growing diverse orchid species is that they flower at different times. That means I have something in bloom throughout the year.
This is Oncidium Twinkle “Pink Profusion.” I have only had it for about six months, but it seems to be a cheery and undemanding plant. When I bought it, it was in spike, and now it is blooming again, sending up a thin spike with many delicate two toned pink flowers. It is fragrant, too, but I find the scent a bit funky.
The Oncidium alliance is a large one, with over 600 known species. They are native to the American tropics – Central and South America. Everything I have read about mine indicates that it is easy to grow, and I have found that to be true. It sits in a sunny window with its orchid friends, and I alternate its feeding with plain water, Superthrive and Michigan State University orchid fertilizer.
This is a charming little plant with a lot going for it. All in all, great bang for my buck.