Dendrobium Orchids are mainly evergreen with long stem-like pseudo bulbs. The foliage is normally elongated, and lance shaped.
It is a wide range of species, with many hybrids bearing flowers spikes in many colours. They are easy to grow, but sometimes a little bit slow to re-flower unless given the right growing conditions.
Dendrobium Orchids prefer the cooler climate, are epiphytic, and are well suited to growing on old trunks or bark backgrounds. They are also happy in orchid pots or baskets, but bear in mind that some of the hybrids can have stems up to 12in and more long. They should be supported by tying loosely to the frame or wires of the basket. This will also be true of some of the long flower racemes, which will arch over unless supported.
They are spectacular with the arching flowers if grown on a large enough log or bark slab. The same is true if the plants are basket planted and hung up. (There are also shorter growing Dendrobiums which will require no support.)
Dappled shade with humid conditions are required from early spring until late summer. Through the winter ensure full light.
They should be watered freely - providing the excess water can run off. Maybe not suitable for growing in a conservatory for this reason!
If grown in baskets, they will benefit from a week feed every week or so throughout spring/summer.
Do not over-pot into large containers, as they fare better in a restricted basket or pot. Neither do they like being disturbed once planted. As they 'overflow' their container after a few years, they can be divided (cut) and re-potted to obtain further plants. Apply special orchid fertiliser in growing season.
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