Sharry Baby Orchid Care

Overview

The Sharry Baby orchid is a member of the Oncidium orchid family and it's unique because of the chocolate scent its prolific, small red and white blossoms produce. Aside from needing the correct amounts of light and water, Sharry Baby is an orchid that is easy to grow. You can grow it indoors or out, or in a greenhouse. Many people like to grow Sharry Baby outdoors in the shade of a tree in the summer and then bring it indoors for the winter.

Caring for a Sharry Baby Orchid

Step 1

Plant your Sherry Baby orchid in a small pot with a drainage hole using purchased orchid bark.

Step 2

Keep the temperature in your Sharry Baby's environment between 75 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit in the daytime and 60 to 65 F at night. Keep the humidity between 55 percent and 75 percent. Mist your plant daily with a fine spray of water to help maintain a high humidity.

Step 3

Water Sharry Baby twice a week, but check the growing medium before you add water to ensure that it has dried out a bit since you last watered it. Never allow your Sharry Baby to sit in a saucer full of water because this can cause the roots to rot. If the pseudobulbs begin to shrivel, this indicates that the plant is receiving inadequate water.

Step 4

Fertilize your Sharry Baby with orchid plant food every two weeks from spring through early fall and then decrease the frequency to once a month during winter. A good nitrogen-phosphorous-potassium ratio for your fertilizer is 30-10-10.

Step 5

Drive a stake into the orchid bark at the side of the pot to avoid the roots and tie a developing flower spike to the stake to prevent it from toppling over. If your plant sends out more than one flower spike, you can insert multiple stakes. Flower spikes can grow to 3 feet long, so use stakes long enough to support them.

Step 6

Cut flower spikes close to the soil line after all flowers have dropped.

Tips and Warnings

  • It's wise to repot your Sharry Baby every two years, using fresh orchid bark because the old bark disintegrates and can also develop fungal diseases. If you notice black leaf tips, it can indicate that you are fertilizing your orchid too much and it is not getting sufficient fresh water. If your orchid fails to bloom, try giving it more light.

Things You'll Need

  • Partially shaded area with morning sun
  • Pot with drainage hole
  • Orchid bark
  • Orchid plant food
  • Stake

References

  • Bella Online: Sharry Baby
  • Orchid Web: Oncidium Care
  • Orchids of Wickford: Oncidium Care
Keywords: Sharry Baby, oncidium orchid, flowering care

About this Author

Barbara Fahs lives on Hawaii island, where she has created Hiā€˜iaka's Healing Herb Garden. Barbara wrote "Super Simple Guide to Creating Hawaiian Gardens," and has been a professional writer since 1984. She contributes to Big Island Weekly, Ke Ola magazine, GardenGuides.com and eHow.com. She earned her B.A. at UCSB and her M.A. from San Jose State University.