Saturday, June 29, 2013

Dendrobium moschatum

On a leafless cane sticking out into the greenhouse is a Dendrobium moschatum inflorescence. It will be gone in a few days but the canes will remain sprawled around the mount. The flowers are pretty but the plant is ugly, at least the way it is growing for me.

Dendrobium moschatum - Flower photo by Richard Lindberg title=

Dendrobium moschatum - Flower photo by Richard LindbergDendrobium 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 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 on many species are long lasting.

I think the best solution is to take it to the orchid society meeting. It is too big to fit into a 20-box, the longest I have. One way or the other, this one is out the door in July.

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