Friday, April 16, 2010

Dendrobium lindleyi

Dendrobium lindleyi - Flower photo by Richard LindbergMy plant inventory shows a bunch of Dendrobium lindleyi but the truth is that I have three. All the rest are backbulbs and small divisions that have not sprouted or are struggling. This is a species that I have yet to figure out.

Dendrobium lindleyi - Plant photo by Richard LindbergDendrobium lindleyi grows from India to Vietnam. It is warm to hot growing and needs a dry winter rest. As the flowers mature, the color deepens.

The reason there are so many plants in the inventory is that I was over optimistic about backbulb culture. I bought a large plant 5 years ago just to over-divide to produce as many plants as possible. I have had good success with many species, but Dendrobium lindleyi is not one of them. I have had only a few sprout, but they don't die easily so there is a lot of bench space full of plants-in-waiting.

2 comments:

  1. I have 14 Dens including a Den Aggregatum for several years. Beautiful blooms. Then it died. (sigh). Love the color and quantity of blooms. There's an orchid show next month. Maybe I'll find a replacement. How's yours doing?

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  2. Mine are doing well since I learned that "dry winter rest" means no water at all, at least for this species.

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