Friday, December 2, 2011

Dendrobium lindleyi

One orchid that does NOT look delicate is Dendrobium lindleyi. This is another of the species that need a real dry winter rest in order to bloom. As you can see from the picture I just took, the plant looks ready for a dry spell.

Dendrobium lindleyi - Plant photo by Richard Lindberg

Dendrobium lindleyi - Flower photo by Richard LindbergDendrobium 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 picture on the right is the 2011 spring bloom after spending all of last winter without water. As you can see from the popup picture taken at the same time, the plant has lost a lot of water.


  1. I have one of these. I have not seen it flower yet. I divided it this year, because i knocked it over and saw that it needed it.
    It sits on the top shelf with 50% shade. I have resisted the urge to water in the winter by putting it together with the catasetums, I know that if i water those in the winter I will for sure loose some.
    Any ideas how to get it to flower.

  2. You have the bright light, a good start. Feed it during the growing season. When an orchid doesn't bloom it is often light level though.