Thursday, October 25, 2012

Dendrochilum cobbianum

Dendrochilum cobbianum - Flower photo by Richard LindbergThis Dendrochilum cobbianum is blooming. There is just a single spike. I was glad to get the chance to take a new flower photo showing more of the 'String of Pearls'. The tiny white flowers are interesting but the effect comes from having the whole spike open at once. A large plant will put on quite a show.

Dendrochilum cobbianum - Plant photo by Richard LindbergDendrochilum cobbianum grows in the Philippines. It is warm to hot growing and likes lots of water. The genus Dendrochilum (Dend) contains 150 species from Burma to the Philippines. Water well. Hates to have the roots disturbed and takes a year to recover from re-potting.

This plant is in a bark/coir mix over peanuts in a 3 1/2-inch plastic pot. There are 8 pseudobulbs and it stands 4 inches above the pot.

This is just about the only plant I have in coir. The plant has settled and it needs to be trimmed. I am going to over-pot it because it needs time without root disturbance to recover.

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