Andy W

Andy W

Thursday, 24 September 2015 02:21

Cultural Information for DENDROBIUM

This genus consists of approximately 1100 named species, making DENDROBIUM the second largest genus in the Orchid family. Members of the genus vary tremendously in plant, flower form, size, flower color and fragrance. Plants are distributed in the wild from sea level lands or river banks to high elevation rain forests or snowy mountain ranges. The cultural requirements are variable, so we recommend careful research to obtain as much specific information as possible regarding the peculiar needs of each type. Please consider the suggestion list under "Recommended Reading'' below.

Thursday, 24 September 2015 01:50

Nobile Type Dendrobium Care

Nobile dendrobiums can be grown and flowered in the home or greenhouse. They do, however, have rather specific cultural requirements. When those requirements are met, they will produce a profusion of sweet-scented, long-lasting flowers that can appear from fall through spring.

Wondering where to cut your Dendrobium orchid spike after it flowers? You are not alone!  We get lots of questions about Dendrobium spikes. Dendrobiums are very diverse anatomically and I suspect many folks simply aren't sure where the spike ends and the stem begins. So I am going to show you two common types of Dendrobium and where to cut their spikes. It's pretty simple.

Thursday, 24 September 2015 01:03

Cultural Requirements of Dendrobium

Of all the types of orchids a beginning grower may acquire, dendrobiums will probably be the most challenging to learn to grow and flower.  The reason is that the genus Dendrobium (den-DROH-bee-um) contains more than 1,000 species and is exceedingly diverse.

Dendrobium is a huge genus of orchids. It was established by Olof Swartz in 1799 and today contains about 1,200 species. The genus occurs in diverse habitats throughout much of south, east and southeast Asia, including China, Japan, India, the Philippines, Indonesia, Australia, New Guinea, Vietnam, and many of the islands of the Pacific.The name is from the Greek dendron ("tree") and bios ("life"); it means "one who lives on trees", or, essentially, "epiphyte".

Dendrobium is a diverse genus of orchids with different cultural needs. This culture information is for the phalenopsis-type dendrobiums pictured above. They are evergreen with thin, tall stems (pseudobulbs).

Thursday, 24 September 2015 00:31

Dendrobium hancockii

LIGHT
partial shade
WATER
Treat same as the Chinese Dendrobium
HUMIDITY
Treat same as the Chinese Dendrobium
TEMPERATURE
warm temperature tolerant
BLOOM SEASON
Slightly fragrant, blooms in spring
 

This species from Central to South China is rather variable and might, as H.P. Wood suggest in Flora of China, Vol. 25, consist of actually two taxa. However, the two forms might also just be variations of a single species, because flower and leaf characteristics are very similar.

Thursday, 24 September 2015 00:29

Dendrobium fimbriatum

LIGHT
partial shade
WATER
Treat same as the Chinese Dendrobium
HUMIDITY
Treat same as the Chinese Dendrobium
TEMPERATURE
warm temperature tolerant
BLOOM SEASON
Slightly fragrant, blooms in spring
 

The favorite Chinese orchid of Holger Perner, who loves the waxy candy-pink flowers and appreciates the anti-inflammatory and soothing properties of the stems that can be chewed raw in case of a sore throat, at least if you don’t mind the bitter taste. Apart from being a home remedy this is a lovely orchid that can be grown mounted, in baskets or in well-drained pots. Flowers in spring.

Thursday, 24 September 2015 00:27

Dendrobium crepidatum

LIGHT
partial shade
WATER
Treat same as the Chinese Dendrobium
HUMIDITY
Treat same as the Chinese Dendrobium
TEMPERATURE
warm temperature tolerant
BLOOM SEASON
Slightly fragrant, blooms in spring
 

The favorite Chinese orchid of Holger Perner, who loves the waxy candy-pink flowers and appreciates the anti-inflammatory and soothing properties of the stems that can be chewed raw in case of a sore throat, at least if you don’t mind the bitter taste. Apart from being a home remedy this is a lovely orchid that can be grown mounted, in baskets or in well-drained pots. Flowers in spring. 

Thursday, 24 September 2015 00:22

Dendrobium chrysotoxum

LIGHT
partial shade
WATER
Treat same as the Chinese Dendrobium
HUMIDITY
Treat same as the Chinese Dendrobium
TEMPERATURE
warm temperature tolerant
BLOOM SEASON
Slightly fragrant, blooms in spring
 

This dendrobium can grow into an impressive specimen plant with large numbers of flowers. Can be grown in pots or baskets, smaller specimens also mounted. Temperature and watering regime as for most other Chinese subtropical orchids offered here. This and the other dendrobiums in this list unless otherwise noted should be grown in the brightest area in the greenhouse. Flowers in spring. Flower diameter around 4 cm.

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