Newbie to dendrobium care

zzackey(8b GA)November 30, 2011

I never knew that dendrobiums needed a resting spell. I've always watered mine and it blooms every year. It looks kinda stressed now. I fertilized it about a month ago with Osmocote. It's a purple one. How can I find out what kind it is?

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arthurm(Sydney, NSW AUST)

Look at where the flowers come from, if they appear at the sides of the pseudobulb (cane) in groups of two or three it is a soft-cane or nobile type.

If the flowers grow on a long stem coming near the top of the pseudobulb it is probably a warm growing type that doesn't need a rest.

Does the plant have a name tag?

    Bookmark   November 30, 2011 at 3:51AM
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zzackey(8b GA)

It didn't have a tag when I got it. It has the long stem at the top of the plant. Thanks. I'll have to look and see if I can find the other kind. Do you think most stores carry what I have instead of the other one?

    Bookmark   November 30, 2011 at 8:28AM
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The type you have is more common in the south. The nobile types prefer a cool climate and need a rest. I hardly ever see them for sale where I am.

Yours may be a phalenopsis type. look it up and see if the blooms look similar. If so, it can get pretty large, unless it's a miniature one.

    Bookmark   November 30, 2011 at 10:29AM
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