Sunday, August 9, 2009

Dendrobium fimbriatum oculatum

Dendrobium fimbriatum oculatum - Flower photo by Richard LindbergDendrobium fimbriatum oculatum - Plant photo by Richard LindbergDendrobium fimbriatum grows throughout Southeast Asia. It is cool to warm growing in humid pine forests at lower elevations. It is large, deciduous and needs bright light. Give it reduced water in winter but not completely dry.

I have had this plant a little less than 2 years so I don't know the plant all that well. I never turn down a plea to give an orchid a good home and that's how I got the plant.

The plant is large and seems to have potential to get much larger. I removed it from the original pot and mounted it in the usual way, roots down and canes up.

When a new growth started it came out the side. That, and the fact that the old canes were not going in the same direction made me try to read the references more closely. I decided the whole plant was pendant and moved the hook to the other end.

The plant bloomed a year ago and the flowers are better this year. I waited a little too long to take the flower picture last year so I will do a new one in a couple of days. My thinking was that it was a Dendrobium so no rush, the flowers will be around a long time. They lasted long enough, but a shorter time than I was thinking based on my experience with hard cane hybrids.

This year's new growth is coming out of the root ball and going in the opposite direction as the other canes. I will let it grow where it wants to and see what happens next year.

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