Sunday, August 12, 2012

Dendrobium moschatum

The inflorescence on the Dendrobium moschatum is probably the best I have had since I got the plant in 2007. I thought about removing it from the mount but missed the chance during the new growth.

Dendrobium moschatum - Flower photo by Richard LindbergDendrobium moschatum grows in Southeast Asia at low altitudes. It is cool to hot growing, needs bright light and is fragrant. It blooms spring into summer on leafless canes. Flowers last only a few days.

The plant looks terrible with one cane that has leaves. The other half dozen are dead looking. I guess I will leave it as-is. I have it is bright and hot conditions already, and I have no place that I think would be better for it.

3 comments:

  1. I love this color combo. Now I just have to go out and find one for my collection!

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  2. No, you don't. It is a large, hard-to-control plant with most of the canes looking dead and the flowers only last a short time.

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  3. It IS a very large plant, eventually,, some of mine actually being about 12 feet across, the older canes are bare and also the only place the plant will bloom from and produce the keiki growths from. Resist mightily the temptation to fool around with cleaning up (removing) the leafless canes!!! I grow mine year around, under mango and citrus trees, where they grow like weeds and unfailingly bloom like madness. Cool and dry, even near freezing cold is an essential, or at least a harmless part of the natural life cycle for these. I even grow them as semi terrestrial when young, using (eastern yellow pine) pine bark mulch as THEIR most preferred medium. Easiest to care for, most prolific dendrobium I have ever seen and grown!

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