Friday, November 4, 2011

Dendrobium kingianum

Dendrobium kingianum - Flower photo by Richard LindbergBesides the Mexican Laelias and the Cymbidium hybrids my specimen Dendrobium kingianum will be in the outdoor area this winter. This will have two benefits. First, it will not take valuable greenhouse space. Second, it will get the dry winter it needs to bloom well in spring.

Dendrobium kingianum - Plant photo by Richard LindbergDendrobium kingianum grows in eastern Australia. It is fragrant, needs bright light and a dry winter rest. It can be grown outdoors with Cymbidiums. The genus Dendrobium (Den) contains 1200 species from all parts of Asia and the Pacific. Some like a dry winter rest, all like to dry out between watering. Flowers are long lasting.

This plant is in a 12-inch palm fiber basket with no media except the fiber. The plant is eighteen inches across. I got it in a 12-inch saucer in fir bark. After a year I did a quick wash of the bark off the roots and put the whole plant into the hanging basket. Now that basket is sitting in the top of a big plastic pot.

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