Den. speciosum time

arthurm(Sydney, NSW AUST)September 8, 2008

These are not the blue blood Dendrobium speciosum that OrchidNick grows, rather the ordinary common garden variety more often seen. Easy, in parts of California, easy to grow, but difficult to flower in some climates.

Den. speciosum 'Eve' in bud

Den. speciosum 'Eve' in bloom.

Den.speciosum slightly better flower form

Den. speciosum in show display.

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jodik_gw

The more orchids I see in bloom, the more enamored I become! They're lovely!

    Bookmark   September 8, 2008 at 10:36AM
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carolinn_on(z3 Northern Ontario)

If it's as fragrant as Den. kingianum, I'll be soo envious!

Carol

    Bookmark   September 9, 2008 at 4:07PM
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arthurm(Sydney, NSW AUST)

Carol, these have a strong sweet perfume especially on sunny days. It is a pity that the plant takes so many years to reach flowering size and needs high light levels to bloom.

    Bookmark   September 9, 2008 at 10:26PM
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carolinn_on(z3 Northern Ontario)

Arthur, is that your Den. in the first photos? It really is a lovely specimen. Wish I could bloom these, although I did get a kingianum from Andy's who insisted it is a type that will tolerate warmer temps, and it is growing well, and seems like it will bloom this winter, that is, if I can keep it happy enough in its rest period.

Carol

    Bookmark   September 9, 2008 at 11:44PM
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Charm(Z8 TX)

A beautiful well grown orchid!~Charm

    Bookmark   September 9, 2008 at 11:47PM
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Sheila(8b SW Texas)

Beautiful Arthurm! I'm ordering a few plants with Nick's order, but not speciosums. I know I'd never be able to bloom them. Wish I could enjoy the fragrance though! Thx for posting.

Sheila :)

    Bookmark   September 10, 2008 at 4:17PM
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arthurm(Sydney, NSW AUST)


The plants in the pictures in the first post belong to various members of the local orchid society.
My plant above , picture from 2007 before i took out an old saw and cut the plant in half. No, i am not in the picture! Again, a common, ordinary run of the mill speciosum. Not one of Orchidnick's blue bloods.

Had a look at the climate for Texas some time ago and it seems to have a great variation depending on where you are in the state. So D.speciosum might grow well and bloom in some parts. Lack of winter light is (i think) the main problem in far northern climates.

    Bookmark   September 10, 2008 at 8:23PM
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tee530(z6a MA)

Very nice Arthur, your original plant is quite the monster.

Say, isn't it about time for the yearly Dend. kingianum "will-it-bloom" angst to start up around here?

    Bookmark   September 12, 2008 at 2:48PM
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bolero(VIC Aust z9)

All those photos show some excellent plants. This is the best time of year in Australia for flowering plants.

    Bookmark   September 13, 2008 at 7:27AM
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