the members of the genus otondioda (oda.) are hybrids (crossings) between odontoglossum and cochlioda. the parents of odontioda “stirbic” are odontoglossum bictoniense x oda. “florence stirling”.
odontioda “stirbic” can be grown from bright (without afternoon sun) to light shaded. some morning/evening sun will be tolerated.
it likes cool to medium temperatures with a winter nights minimum of 10 °c/50 °f and summer day time highs of 25 °c/77 °c. at temperatures above it can stop growing until they are falling.
a special mix for epiphytic orchids must be used. odontioda “stirbic” is not suitable for growing in standard potting soil. after 2-3 years, when the soil is going to break down it’s time to repott.
drench the soil well, water flowing out of the pot should be removed after a few minutes. wet legs can cause rotten roots. let it slightly dry between the waterings.
a half diluted orchid fertilizer can be given monthly in spring/summer and every six to eight weeks in fall and winter.
odontioda “stirbic” welcomes if sprayed over every morning, so the water can evaporate throughout the day. this gives the orchid some extra humidity if the soil gets a bit drier.
reblooming odontioda “stirbic”
the blooming spike can be removed after it has dried. the old growth will not bloom again. after blooming the orchid produces new shoots. eight to twelfe months later it will build its pseudobulbs. now the plant is ready for blooming again.
a few weeks at approx. 10-15 °c/50-59 °f can be helpful for building up new flowers. until it shows a flower spike it has to be kept a bit drier and must not be feeded.