Intro:This is one of the well hybridized nobile type dendrobiums which are known for their rather waxy long lasting and fragrant flowers. This plant is easy to grow and flower once its cultural requirements are understood
**Click on the highlighted text for direct links to product pages**Light:This plant prefers medium to high light, similar to Cattleya conditions.
P.L. Lights systems are a great way to provide artificial light to your orchids. See our P.L. Lights page for more information on this great product we offer.
.Humidity:50 percent or higher is ideal during the growing season. In winter during it’s drier rest the humidity can be as low as 30-40 percent.
The use of humidity trays or room humidifiers is beneficial.
We offer two products that can help increase humidity levels. The humidity tray offered in black or white, and the Mist Maker. Please click on the underlined text for more information on these products.Water:During the budding through flowering season in the spring and through late fall it is important to water the plants roots as the potting mix approaches dryness. From Late November onward when the last terminal leaf is produced on the newest cane or growth (you will know because a little knob is produced at the top of the cane when it is finished growing) a dry rest is needed. This means watering perhaps every 2-3 weeks. One can observe the canes and slight shriveling of the canes is acceptable but if the shriveling starts to become severe more frequent water application will help to pump the canes up.
Overwatering can cause several problems such as root rot and infectious bacteria/fungus in the potting medium. One product we offer that can help these problems if caught at an early stage is Phyton 27 bactericide and fungicide.Fertilizer:During the growing season after flowering Use
GrowMore 20-10-20 Ureafree for municipal or well water. Use at the rate of ½ teaspoon per gallon. If using GrowMore with rain, distilled, or reverse osmosis water, add back in 5 - 10% municipal or well water to supply the necessary calcium and magnesium. Fertilize every other watering in the summer and every third watering in the winter.
We highly recommend
Green Jungle Orchid Food, especially formulated to work with rain, distilled, reverse osmosis water or water low in alkalinity. Fertilize with Green Jungle every time you waterduring the growing season with a clear flush at least once per month to help prevent fertilizer salt build up. Stop all fertilization at the end of August and do not resume feeding until after flowering. If you continue feeding you will get lots of Keikis or new plants along the cane instead of flowers.
Other fertilizers offered are as follows: GrowMore 6-30-30 (Cymbidium and bloom boosting formula) and GrowMore 20-6-16 (Tropical plant food with calcium and magnesium additives).Flowering:This plant flowers in the winter to spring months with 3 inch waxy flowers colored in purple with a lip that is purple and has a band of white, yellow and then a deep blackish purple center. These flower last for up to 3 months and have a heavenly scent. Temperature is important for flower production. At the end of November when the last terminal leaf has developed, keep the plant cooler (if in the Northern hemisphere) with night temps in the mid to upper 50’s or cooler for a period of at least 25 nights. If warmer nights are resumed the plant should bloom within about 50 days. If kept cool at night through the winter the plant will bloom in spring when temps warm.Repotting:We recommend a coco husk mix as the coconut chunks hold moisture but have good drainage and air circulation. This plant can be divided once there are at least 6-8 pseudobulbs leaving 3 or 4 per each division. Repot in the spring months after flowering (if necessary) when the new growths are beginning to develop. This is when the most new roots are beginning to grow. Coco husk can last for up to 3 years. We recommend clay pots as these plants can become top heavy.
We offer several different types of potting medium. Here are direct links to what we believe to be some of the best potting mediums available for orchids: Orchids Limited bark mix, New Zealand sphagnum moss, coco husk, coco peat, sponge rock,charcoal, tree fern fiber, osmunda fiber and cork slabs for epiphytic plants.