Friday, January 22, 2010

Dendrobium kingianum

Dendrobium kingianum - Plant photo by Richard Lindberg

If you were to ask me which of my plants I think about most, it would have to be the two Dendrobium kingianums. Dendrobium kingianum grows in eastern Australia. It is fragrant, needs bright light and needs a dry winter rest.

Dendrobium kingianum - Flower photo by Richard LindbergThe first is a specimen in a coconut husk basket. I potted it by washing off all the bark and dropping it in the basket two years ago. There is no medium at all inside the basket. It has grown nicely and bloomed but not with what I would call an adequate number of flowers. Dendrobium kingianum - Plant photo by Richard LindbergI had it outside for September, October and November but wimped out at the first cold night and brought it back inside.

The other has been neglected and now the keikis have keikis. I am going to remove the keikis and repot it. I have thought about saving some of the keikis, but I doubt that anybody wants them for the cost of shipping them.

I have read as much as I can find about them but am not confident in this year's bloom.


  1. I have had no luck growing Australian Dendrobiums. I would like to try them again someday now that I have more experience. They certainly make impressive specimens when grown well.

  2. I've got several native Australian Dendrobiums outside but then again, I live on the east coast of Oz...I rescued a King Orchid from my in-laws backyard in Sydney where it had been growing completely unattended for 4years.

  3. The King Orchid aka Dendrobium speciosum is a great orchid. I don't have one but I have seen them at the San Francisco Orchid Society show and tell.