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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Oncidium - Dancing lady

Oncidium

Cherry twig cocoon with Oncidium orchids and dandelion seeds

Common name

Dancing lady

Origin

Tropical USA

Varieties

More than 750 species are available

Colors

yellow and brown, bi-coloured but new varieties of green or red are also occasionally available

Vase life

Twelve to sixteen days

Scent

None

Uses

Very delicate but because of its colour it attracts attention and creates an abundant impression

Conditioning

Give the stem a fresh cut preferably keeping a section of the main stem attached to the flower stem and condition in deep water. Flowers can be revived by bathing them in lukewarm water. As flowering plant: up to three months. After flowers fade give the spike a clean cut just above the second or third node to encourage re-flowering. The entire plant can also be conditioned to use in an arrangement by removing the growth medium and submerging in warm water overnight.

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8 November 2017 Three tier dried autumn leaf armature

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20 May 2015 Grass Bundle

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15 April 2015 Bowled Over

Weave a sphere armature to complement delicate oncidium orchiods

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19 November 2014 Forest Floor

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27 November 2012 Winter Woodland Chandelier

Wrap vines and twigs around a wire frame to create a decorative woodland chandelier

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