Temperature: 70° – 85° F days, 50° – 60° F nights
Water: Once every 7-10 days. Allow media to stay moist between waterings
Light: Bright filtered light, 35 – 65% shade
Humidity: 40 – 75% Food: With each watering
Click here to watch our video on general orchid care.
If you’ve found yourself enthralled by the beauty of the orchid, you’re not alone. Orchids have inspired an unbridled passion in collectors since the early 1800s — hence the term “orchidelirium.”
But that same passion is responsible for orchid hybridization, the crossing of genus or species. In fact, most of the plants you’ll see for sale locally are hybrid orchids, helped along by the creativity of mankind. Breeders are now responsible for hundreds of thousands of orchid variations. For a better understanding of orchid hybridization, read our blog on the topic by clicking here.
Growers who hybridize orchids, choose only orchids with the best qualities to ensure prolific growth and beautiful blooms. By choosing an Intergeneric Hybrid, you are adding a unique facet to your collection.
What makes these orchids unique is the exotic markings and patterns that decorate many of the flowers. Plants can be large or small and produce large or small flowers with beautiful, unique color combinations ranging from white, yellow, orange, and browns to reds and blues. Most members of the Intergeneric alliance produce blooms on multi-branched flower spikes and bloom about twice a year. Flower size varies, but most are about 2 ½” or so wide and last 4-5 weeks.
Members of the Intergeneric Hybrid alliance are adaptable plants that can be easily grown in a south, east, or west window in temperate areas, or on a screened patio in the warm south. Like all orchids, they require a certain amount of humidity and abundant air movement. Most of these orchids prefer the same intermediate temperatures as people, but being such a large diverse family, there are species that prefer a cooler climate as well as some that need warmer temperatures. Most that are commonly offered for sale however, are of the intermediate type, are members of the Oncidium alliance, and have Miltonia, Brassia, or Odontoglossum in their background.
Most members of this family require enough light to thrive and flower reliably. These orchids love to be placed in an east facing window or a shaded south or west facing window.
Intergeneric Hybrids like to stay moist between waterings, thus using a moss media is recommended rather than a bark media.
Feed Intergeneric Hybrids every 7-10 days using Better-Gro® Orchid Plus® plant food. Better-Gro® Orchid Plus® contains NO urea nitrogen, only useful nitrogen and essential minor elements.
Intergeneric Hybrids prefer pots that fit them snugly, so repot them only once they have outgrown the current container. Better-Gro® Special Orchid™ Mix is a perfect potting media for Intergenerics in that it helps prevent overwatering. These orchids also do well in wooden slat baskets using Better-Gro® Orchid Moss for the medium. To learn more about repotting orchids, click here to watch our repotting video.
The genera that make up this group include Brassia, Miltonia, Odontoglossum, Oncidium, and many others. When combined, they create such Intergenerics as Aliceara, Bakerara, Brassidium, Burregeara, Colmanara, Degarmoara, Maclellanara, Miltonidium, Odontocidium, Vuylstekeara, and Wilsonara.
Beallara (Bllra.) = Brassia x Cochlioda x Miltonia x Odontoglossum
Brassada (Brsa.) = Ada x Brassia
Brassidium (Brsdm.) = Brassia x Oncidium
Burrageara (Burr.) = Cochlioda x Miltonia x Odontoglossum x Oncidium
Colmanara (Colm.) = Miltonia x Odondoglossum x Oncidium
Degarmoara (Dgmra.) = Brassia x Miltonia x Odontoglossum
Maclellanara (Mclna.) = Brassia x Odontoglossum x Oncidium
Miltonidium (Mtdm.) = Miltonia x Oncidium
Miltassia (Mtssa.) = Miltonia x Brassia
Otaara (Otr.) = Brassavola x Broughtonia x Cattleya x Laelia
Vuylstekeara (Vuyl.) = Cochlioda x Miltonia x Odontoglossum
Onc. Gower Ramsey = (Onc. Goldiana x Guinea Gold) Registered in 1977
Onc. Taka-Onc. = (Goldiana x varicosum)
Onc. Aloha Iwanaga = (Onc. Goldiana x Star Wars)
Onc. Sweet Sugar = (Aloha Iwanage x varicosum)
Onc. Sharry Baby = (Onc. Honolulu x Jamie Sutton)
Mtssa. Olmec ‘Kanno’
Brs. Datacosa ‘Coos Bay’ AM/AOS (verrucosa x caudata)
Colm. Wildcat (Odcdm. Crowbourough x Odtna. Rustic Bridge)
Odbrs. Kenneth Bivens ‘Santa Barbara’ (Odm. cariniferum x Brs. longissima)
Mtdm. Issaku Nagata ‘Volcano Queen’ (Onc. leuchochilum x Milt. Warscewiczii) 1982
Dgmra. Flying High ‘Stars N Bars’ (Mtssa. Jetsetter x Odm. McNabianum)
Brsdm. Fly Away ‘Miami’ (Brsdm. Gilded Urchin x Onc. Maculatum)
Bllra. Marfitch ‘Howards Dream’ AM/AOS (Mtssa. Charles Marden Fitch x Oda. Fremar)
Intergeneric Hybrids are perfect for an intermediate grower and belong in any collection. There are flowers to suit every taste. Their long-lasting flowers add a cheery note to any room of the house. If you have a bright situation in which to grow orchids, then you should certainly try orchids from the Intergeneric Hybrid alliance.