Friday, March 27, 2009

Dendrobium kingianum blooming

Dendrobium kingianum - Photo by Richard Lindberg

Lighter blue Dendrobium kingianum - Photo by Richard LindbergThe genus Dendrobium (Den) contains 1200 species from all parts of Asia and the Pacific. Some like a dry winter rest, all like to dry out between watering. Flowers are long lasting.

Dendrobium kingianum grows in eastern Australia. It is fragrant, needs bright light and needs a dry winter rest.

I have two Dendrobium kingianum plants with different shades of blue. The other is in a 12-inch basket and is quite a sight. I will wait until there are more flowers open to show that one to you.

Dendrobium Ellen 'Zonks' x den Ku-Ring-Gai 'Bobin' - Photo by Richard LindbergDendrobiums in general and the Australian Dendrobiums in particular have been a challenge for me. This is primarily due to how wet my greenhouse stays all summer with the overhead foggers.

I have killed a couple of these and am finally feeling as if I know them better. I have a dry area in the greenhouse that is only hand watered. Dendrobiums are in that area, high up where the light is brightest, about 4000 foot candles.


  1. Hi Richard. I just found your blog, and as a newbie, find it quite imformative and entertaining. Love the photos, and the information. I just recently bought a Den. kingianum alba. from a recent orchid show. It is about a foot tall. You mentioned you had one in a basket. Does it do well in one, and what size do you have it in? I heard they do very well in smaller containers. Again, really enjoy your blog. Oh, one more thing, do you mind if i share your blog with my fellow orchidgeeks forum? I think they would enjoy it as well. There are lots of us newbies that can learn a thing or two from orchid elders such as yourself! Have a great day :)

  2. The one in a basket is overflowing a 12-inch basket. There is no medium except the coconut fiber. I'll post a picture, soon.

    Please share the blog. Although I blog for myself mostly, it is nice to know that others are seeing it.

  3. Thanks Richard. I just repotted mine in a four inch pot, just to get it in something so the roots wouldn't dry out on me. It has one spike with about four buds on it, and one of them started to open today. I cannot believe the heady fragrance from that one bud opening! I cannot imagine the scent on it with the size specimen as yours! Can't wait to see the basket, and again for letting me share your blog.

  4. I need help please. I have spikes on my Dendrobium Kingianum, but no flowers. what am I doing wrong? I moved it from my window with alot of sun to my table next to my front door that gets shade with some sun.

  5. Do you mean that spikes start to develop but the buds die?