Botanical Basics: Twinkle Orchids

Recently, we’ve been very into little orchids: dendrobium orchids, lady-slipper orchids, and our personal favorite: twinkle orchids.

Before they bloom, Oncidium, “twinkle,” orchids appear to be a pretty basic orchid, exposed roots, thick dark green rounded leaves and “twig-like” sprays. However, when their tiny buds open, they put out a constellation of delicate miniature orchid flowers with a sweetness reminiscent of vanilla.  

Our twinkle orchids at Paiko are most often white and yellow, but they also come in various shades of red. Larger growths can produce up to a hundred miniature blooms usually in the winter and once in the summer. 

Taking home your very own Twinkle Orchid? Here are a few tips on how to ensure it lives the best possible life. Since the plant is miniature it’s able to live its entire life in one container, and don't be alarmed if you see roots peek out- these plants actually enjoy being root-bound and exposed roots are just searching for a little air. Ideally use a special orchid mix, which usually contains a mixture of bark and peat moss.

Twinkles do well indoors. Avoid direct sunlight and find a nice naturally lit area of your house. This also helps to maintain an appropriate temperature, and note that twinkle orchids are not fans of quick temperature change. Water your orchid just before the soil completely dries out- about 2 times per week. Gently water the roots and potting mix, allowing any excess water to drain through through. To ensure a long flowering span, fertilize monthly when flowering.

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Simple Care Breakdown:

Lighting: Partial to full shade, no direct sunlight.
Watering: Water just before plant starts to dry out, soaking soil, but draining any excess water to avoid root rot.
Fertilizer: Monthly when flowering, every few months otherwise.

 

 

Photos (unless otherwise noted) and Story by Kenna Reed