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Old 05-04-2010, 01:21 PM
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Dendrobium orchids


Dendrobium orchids, the easiest orchids ever

Den. lodigesii


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Den. aphyllum


this one looks real pretty even when not in bloom:



I'll add some more after you add your dendrobium orchids
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Old 05-04-2010, 01:23 PM
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Those are great GT! So pretty..i love the foliage on that last one....my dendrobium is not very happy right now..so will not post it.
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Those are fabulous GT! They are SO big! How old are they?
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Old 05-04-2010, 01:25 PM
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aww sorry RR, but I am sure you'll nurse it back to its beauty in no time
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Old 05-04-2010, 01:54 PM
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Ooh, ooh, can I play?

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Old 05-04-2010, 02:12 PM
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GT- love them!!! When will mine bloom? any secrets??? it is growing like made and putting out new growth. I hope that I am treating it right :/ I have my fingers crossed.
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Old 05-04-2010, 02:19 PM
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yes lorax, do play I love yours!!

MR, those are cold loving orchids, they do need their chill hours, or aka ice cubes ... naw, I'm kidding but honestly, they need a cold snap in fall to set flowers. If you keep them too warm, they just won't bother to flower.

those two are 18 years old. and the aphyllum, you can't tell on that photo, but the branches are close to 4 ft long
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OK thank you GT. I was afraid to let them get to much cold as it was very cold this winter. What is the min temp and for how long??? Hmmmmmm will ice cubes work???
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I bring mine in only when 32F or lower is in the forecast and no, don't do ice cubes, the poor babies would get frost bites
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Those are stunningly beautiful and huge! What is the dendrobium planted in, an orchid box?
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Old 05-04-2010, 04:13 PM
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mine are in clay pots, but so totally overgrown, I don't think I could get those pots freed anymore... I will have to smash the pots and repot them with those shards... then again, they seem happy as the are, I may just leave them

here's another one...

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Thank you GT. I will leave them out in the greenhouse this next winter as I try not to let it get colder than 36 degrees at the most.

I planted mine in a orchid basket with spagnum and let it go totally dry between waterings. I did read up a little about them from what I could find and the article said that spagnum was a good enough medium. Is this what you have planted yours in??
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Wow, GT, those are absolutely incredible!!!
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Old 05-05-2010, 05:32 AM
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thanks SadieMae...
MR, during the year don't let the Aphyllum dry out completely, but keep it in shade and moist. in fall, increase the light level and decrease the watering and as soon as all leaves have dropped it should be in full sun and no watering is necessary for the rest of the cold season. when the temps climb again, start watering and soon the flower buds will appear. After it is done blooming, the leaves will grow

basically, think of this orchid growing in a deciduous tree

is lorax the only other member growing Dendrobiums?
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Absolutely beautiful GT.....you certainly have the touch for them!!
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