Friday, March 18, 2011

Dendrobium lindleyi

Dendrobium lindleyi - Flower photo by Richard LindbergThe spike (yes, just one) on my largest Dendrobium lindleyi has started to open. Dendrobium 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.

Dendrobium lindleyi - Plant photo by Richard LindbergI am showing the picture from last year. It looks much better than this year's picture. I don't know what went wrong. It got the dry winter rest. I am thinking that I may have overdone it.

It was in the dry section of the greenhouse all year. I have the feeling that it didn't get the growth season water and feeding it needed.

I have been growing this species for some time and still don't know what to do with them. I can say the same for almost any Dendrobium species. I don't understand them.


  1. I love the pictures, I got a Den. lindeyi, in summer last year.
    I held water from about early November until early February, and have 7 spikes, but they are at least 2/3 weeks behind yours...

  2. A lovely display from last year. I killed one of these when I was just getting going on species. You could be right - the species that need a real dry rest seem to need lots of water/feeding when in active growth. Dendrobes are mysterious to me too. I have also killed several kingianum and a speciosum. Would love to try again some time.

  3. A couple of years ago I set the plastic pot inside a clay pot for stability. Roots had grown outside the plastic inside the clay in the space between them. I have cut away the plastic and potted the plant in a larger clay pot and rocks and will put it into the wet side of the greenhouse.