Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Dendrobium fimbriatum oculatum

Dendrobium fimbriatum oculatum - Flower photo by Richard Lindberg

Dendrobium fimbriatum oculatum - Flower photo by Richard LindbergDendrobium fimbriatum is my largest Dendrobium plant. Not all that many canes but very wide and hard to manage. I just went out and took a flash picture. I need an updated plant picture, so if I can get a little help, I will bring it out of the greenhouse.

Dendrobium 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.

It was a free plant and it came potted in November just under three years ago. The picture on the right was taken then after I mounted it. It was though to get steady on the cork and the next year I re-mounted it.

It bloomed the first year, four flowers on one spike. Last year a little better, but still one spike. This year I was thrilled to see five spikes and many more buds.

For a Dendrobium, the flowers don't last long at all. I will try to transport it to an orchid society meeting. With five spikes one will be open in 3 weeks.

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