Last week my wife came back from a visit to the in-laws. With her came a Moth orchid, (Phalaenopsis). They wanted me to see what I could do to revive it. Well,…
Dendrobium genus (Orchid). There are about 1,200 species in this genus. They will grow epiphytically, on rocks and even in swampy ground. The clump formers will make fat pseudobulbs. The species with long, stem-like bulbs will often carry their flowers in sprays in the axis of the fallen leaves. The flowers can be colourful and are very attractive.
Deciduous, Semi-evergreens or Evergreens, Orchids or Epiphytics
India to Japan, Australia, New Zealand and the East
Grown for their beautiful and unusual flowers.
In temperate climates, they need to be grown in greenhouses. Can be grown in pots but also on slabs of bark. Weak foliar feeds can be added to the sprays.
Older leafless pseudobulbs which can be removed for replanting, or from new growth which may appear from the bottom of the plant.
Susceptible to red spider mites and mealy bugs.
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