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Howeara Lava Burst ‘Puanani’

Another extremely reliable oncidium intergeneric thst can bloom more than once a year.  Most pseudobulbs put out two or even three spikes when they mature.  If I get only one spike per pseudobulb, I probably left it dry for too long at some point.  This currently has three spikes on one pseudobulb, although as others mature, I expect more spikes to emerge over the summer.  Last year, as successive bloom cycles overlapped a bit, it was in bloom for a good seven months.  The spikes also branch, so the branches will often start blooming after the main spike’s starting to fade.

Howeara Lava Burst ‘Puanani’

This complex hybrid oncidium is an extremely reliable grower and bloomer.  Every year, I get five or six spikes, which give a first bloom, then branch and keep on blooming for at least a couple of months.  As far as oncidium intergenerics go, it’s a miniature, so it’s perfect for windowsill growing.  It doesn’t need water that often, although like any other oncidium, the leaves will “accordion” if you let it go too long without water.  It’s probably a good choice for beginning orchid growers, since it’s fairly idiot-proof.