Dendrobium Orchid hybrids are the largest group of orchid family and as such are a varied group. Found from India, through South East Asia to Australia they are as diverse in form as they are in care requiremnets.
One of the easier of the tropical species, Dendrobium pentapterum (pictured right) is from Papua New Guinea. However probably the best known species (worldwide) is Dendrobium nobile, one of the more important herbs that is used in Chinese medicine.
The long lasting flowers are a big attraction. As for foliage, many are evergreen, however some are deciduous. After flowering the growing season goes on until new leaves stop appearing. This is the time to let the plants go into dormany which they require.
Dendrobium Orchids like all plants require some care, they like to be in small pots with roots confined. An open potting mix which drains easily is essential.
Remember that Dendrobium orchids are epiphytic and require good light and ventilation.
Temperature, Light and Humidity requirements vary from species to species,
Repoting is required if the mix becomes acid and wet or when the plant is rootbound. Detailed notes on how to grow dendrobium orchids and dendrobium orchid care are available from nurseries and suppliers.
Australian Dendrobium species include :
Dendrobium Bigibbum or the ‘Cooktown Orchid’ which is the floral emblem of QLD and Dendrobium speciosum or ‘Sydney Rock Orchid’, while Dendrobium kingianum or ‘Pink Rock Lily’ is found widely along the east coast of Queensland.
Dendrobium x delicatum ( see image right) is an interesting natyral hybrid between D. speciosum and D. kingianum. Very attractive flowers that are fragrant and good deep green glossy foliage.
Fertilizing Dendrobium Orchids
Like many orchids Dendrobiums prefer regular applications of diluted fertiliser rather than large amounts at any one time. Over fertilising is a sure way to kill Dendrobiums. They are not really particular about the actual fertiliser used, soluble is popular, a little blood and bone, some diluted liquid animal or seaweed fertiliser and always a low strength.
Stay away from high nitrogen fertilisers if you want flowers So a dilute liquid fertiliser every two weeks during the growing season, and do not over do it. A little lime to get the pH of the potting mix to around 6.5 also helps.
Dendrobium Orchids Species for sale
1360 Brieses Rd Peatsridge NSW 2250
Cymbidium Orchids, Odontoglossums, Dendrodiums, Masdevallia & others. Orchid pots and accessories including bark and coconut chips, gift certificates and plant naming available.
27 Hackett Rd Three Bridges VIC 3797
Large range of cymbibium orchids. Masdevallia Seedlings & Species, Zygopetalum Alliance Hybrids, Odontoglossum Alliance Mericlones, Miscellaneous Genera Hybrids, Sphagnum Moss
1052 Whittlesea-Kinglake Road Kinglake West 3757
Offering a specialist variety of Australian native Dendrobium/Dockrillia & Sarcochilus species & hybrids in pots, loose, or mounted. Species Cymbidium sauve and maddidum.
LYTTLE ORCHID CLONES – phone
5 Swifte Court Aberfoyle Park S.A. 5159
Flasks available and Orchid laboratory service for green pod sowing.
VALLANCES ORCHID NURSERY 02 6684 2011
BRYANTS ORCHIDS 02 96689374
22-26 Cook St Kurnel NSW 2231
ADELAIDE ORCHIDS – phone 08 83812011
16 Pine Rd Woodcroft SA 5162
FLORAFEST ORCHIDS – phone (07) 46301102
Darling St Drayton Toowoomba QLD 4350