How do I care for my Oncidium?

Oncidium owes its Dutch name of ‘tijgerorchidee’ (tiger orchid) to the tiger pattern on its flower. This genus has many species, most of which are typified by this pattern. This orchid originates from North and South America. Oncidium carries many buds on one stem when flowering, often making it the flowery focal point of the living room. Spraying the leaves and roots frequently ensures this plant’s long lifespan.


In a bright, but shaded spot, but no direct sunlight.


Ensure a moderate till warm environment.


This orchid should not be overwatered. It is sufficient to water it once every seven to nine days. Water oncidium only once its soil is almost dry. 

Fertiliser orchid

wice per month, feed oncidium our special orchid fertiliser ‘Groei en bloei’. Dosage: one level teaspoon per one litre of water. In February, May, and September, sprinkle one level teaspoon of ‘Grondverbeteraar’ (soil improver) once over the potting mix. The orchid does not require fertiliser from November up to and including January. Both products are sold in our shop.

Spraying flower buds

The humidity in a home can be low during the winter and summer months. Spray the smallest buds daily to prevent them from drying out and not flowering.


It is important to replant oncidium once every three to four years in orchid potting mix. For oncidium, Pantropica has put together a well-aerated mix of bark, coco, and peat. This mix is available at our shop. Please do this if the orchid has finished flowering (preferably in springtime).

After flowering

Please do cut off the stem at the bottom if it is past flowering. The orchid will generate another stem from a new shoot. This will take approximately eight to twelve months.