Sunday, October 28, 2012

Dendrobium Stephen Batchelor

Dendrobium Stephen Batchelor - Flower photo by Richard LindbergDendrobium Stephen Batchelor is a primary hybrid, the cross Dendrobium alexandrae x Dendrobium johnsoniae. Both of these are from Papua and New Guinea blooming in fall and winter. The flowers are unusual, long lasting and showy. A good plant for a collection that can accommodate a large plant.

Dendrobium Stephen Batchelor - Plant photo by Richard LindbergThis plant is in rock in a 4-inch plastic pot. There are fifteen pseudobulbs and it stands fourteen inches above the pot. It needs to be tied up or the plant will spread out, taking way too much space on the bench.

The plant was in a 2 1/2-inch pot and very tippy. I up-potted to a 4-inch pot in rock. One of the nice things about rock as a medium is that over potting is not much of an issue. The rock holds so little water that is behaves much like a mount.

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