Friday, April 29, 2011

Oncidium orchid Sharri Baby "Sweet Fragrance"

My wonderful Oncidium Sharri Baby currently in flower - it's variety "Sweet Fragrance" and have beautiful scented blooms, reminiscent of "sour cherries" - what a delight! It flowers with masses of small sculptured flowers on long arching flower spikes and flowers are burgundy color with just a touch of white on the petals.

Sharri Baby is one of the most famous of the Oncidium hybrids ( Jamie Sutton x Honolulu) and "Sweet Fragrance" lives up to it's name, it's one of the best known fragrant orchids on the market today. It's very generous in it's growing habit, producing many new bulbs and leaves and flower spikes during it's growing season and can get quite large specimen in short period of time. This never a problem to me - I just divide it and share it with friends and other orchids growers and collectors.

It's one of the easiest orchids to grow for the beginners - it likes a lot of water during it's growing time and to be a little bit drier when it's resting, in our climate it's quite happy to grow outside under the shade of the trees, but in colder climates it loves sunny window situation. It have large pseudobulbs that will shrivel if the plant not getting enough moisture, indicating optimum growing requirements.

The original Sharri Baby hybrid have chocolate/vanilla scented flowers and Sharri Baby "Sweet Fragrance" beautiful "sour cherry" scented blooms and if you ever wanted to grow an orchid or two, give them a go - they easy and will reward you with their special fragrant blooms.


11 comments:

Masha said...

Beautiful! I remember coming upon it once in an orchid store - the fragrance really was unique and very pleasing. Your plant looks so happy and healthy and the blooms are lovely.

Helen Lewis said...

That is so unique in color. I have one oncidium which my friend gave me for Christmas. It is doing very well under the shade of another plant. Do you have any tips for me on how to make it grow even better? :)

The Sage Butterfly said...

I would love to smell the fragrance of chocolate/vanilla. That must fill a room with lovely scent.

Terra said...

Such beauty and scented too, which makes it an ideal plant.

Bernie said...

Loving the sound of these Sharri Babies ... easy for beginners, scented flowers ... I would love to give them a go!

klaraau01 said...

Thank you all for your kind comments, this one is a real beauty, at times I wish we had something like "smell-a-vision" and one can also choose plants based in their fragrance, that would be the time to use it...Some people say that it smells like "sour cherry brandy", not sure about brandy part, still...may be...
The flowers stay on the plant for about three weeks and more and more flower spikes develop giving it wonderful display that very pleasing to all the censes.

Helen, if your oncidium doing ok, than you are doing everything right. The climate plays big part in their cultivation, the light and watering most important. My plant gets a lot of filtered light outside and grows quite big every season.

greenapplesgarden.com said...

I agree, a real beauty. You have the most beautiful orchids. I wish mine would grow so well.

Andrea said...

Next time i see them again in orchid shows, i will try to smell them and compare with the Oncidiums i know.

Kate said...

Beautiful spray of flowers. Sounds very rewarding to grow!

Carolyn @ Carolyn's Shade Gardens said...

I am an orchid neophyte. I got my first one for Christmas this year. It is still blooming and now sending up another flower spike. I didn't even know that some orchids are fragrant.

Kimberly said...

I love the color and interest of this orchid! Too bad I can't smell it! :D Blogger needs to invent a scratch-n-sniff feature!!