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Sharry Baby Orchid Care

By Barbara Fahs ; Updated September 21, 2017

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

 

Things You Will Need

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

Tips

  • Water your Sharry Baby orchid less during the winter when it is not blooming.
  • Check the humidity with a small purchased humidity meter you keep near your plant.

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.

About the Author

 

Barbara Fahs lives on Hawaii island, where she has created Hi'iaka's Healing Herb Garden. Fahs 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 and various websites. She earned her Bachelor of Arts at University of California, Santa Barbara and her Master of Arts from San Jose State University.