xColmanara - Orange Cambria Orchid

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Scientific Name
x Colmanara (Colman's Orchid)

Colmanara Orchids are a hybrid of the genera Odontoglossum, Oncidium, and Miltonia.

Common Name
Cambria Orchid, Colmanara Orchid, Orchid hybrid

This hybrid was created in Belgium, but its parent plants grow naturally in tropical forests.

A cross between three different genera of Orchid, this Colmanara may have inherited its good looks from any or all of them! Its orange flowers bear petals ranging from bright tangerine to almost red, which sprout from long flower stems amongst the large, bright green leaves which mark out an orchid. It is an epiphyte, so will benefit from having chunky soil with added bark; if you see its roots growing out of the top of pot, that is also fine as it is adapted to having the air on its roots when growing on trees! Find a spot with plenty of bright, indirect light and make sure you don't over water and this orchid will reward you with more gorgeous flowers in future.


Bright, indirect light is best; all its parent plants are used to having thick forest canopy to protect them from the harsh rays of the sun, but the light they get is still bright!


Allow the top third of the soil to dry out between waters; if you pick up the pot and it still feels heavy, it doesn't need watering yet! Use lukewarm water rather than cold to avoid shocking the roots.

If the leaf tips go brown or the flowers die off quickly, this is a sign that your orchid is in too dry a spot, and if this is the case it will benefit from using a humidity tray. To help avoid this, don't put the plant near a radiator as this will dry it out far too quickly.

In its natural habitat, this plant is an epiphyte (grows on trees), so a soil with added bark, such as a blend designed for Anthuriums or Orchids will work well here. Repot every three or four years in spring while the plant is not blooming; don't worry about any roots sticking out as this is how orchids grow in the wild!

Using Orchid feed will be the most effective, and this type of orchid can absorb nutrients through its leaves too, so a foliar feed will be effective; normal houseplant feed is also fine. Feed every other water in the growing season, and reduce to every six waters over autumn and winter.


Temperature should ideally be between 15-27°C- make sure it doesn't drop below 12°C in winter.

Yes, but too much nibbling won't be good for pets, small humans or the plant!

Sprouts Top Tips
To encourage the plant to flower, you can give it a dormancy period in autumn and winter. To do so, make sure it gets cooler temperatures- around 5°C cooler than in summer, but no lower than 12°C- and give it less water and food. This will help the plant have a rest and store up energy to bloom again!



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