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Dendrobium biggibum

This is a discussion on Dendrobium biggibum within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Hi everyone. Just thought I'd share another of my photos of orchids in bloom in ...

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    Hi everyone. Just thought I'd share another of my photos of orchids in bloom in the greenhouse. This one is of Dend. biggibum var. compactum.
    I am awaiting big things from this little guy!!!, can't wait till it gets a bit bigger and has a few more flower spikes so I can show it...who knows...??? may be a winner due to it's unusual flower colour or maybe just a lemon!!! he he he... but regardless of the outcome, he really is special to us here and winner or not he is very spoilt and coddled.
    Culture is easy and basic for these. Lots of water and fertiliser in mid spring/late summer and then no water or food coupled with very bright light in winter. It lives with the Vandas and is very cool tolerant, even here in Melbourne winters.
    If you have not grown one, try them, they can be addictive and very forgiving orchids.
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    Lovely flower. I have one in lavender. Do you mean absolutely no water or fertilizer? That concept is so foreign to me. Doesn't the plant shrivel up and die? As I said I have one that has just started to put out flower buds and I held back on water, watering only when bone dry. These are the first buds I've gotten in 4 yrs, maybe too much water is the reason it hasn't bloomed before? What do you think?

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    that is a very unusual color for one!

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    It is nice! How about a plant shot too? I know these get to be huge.

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    Hi again, well ISHEL1, well done with finally flowering yours, they can be tricky to flower if you do give them to much water and food in winter. Trick is to allow the plant to shrivel just enough and keep them stressed over the winter period. Of course I should have mentioned that no plant survives without water and yes I do mist mine every so often when I do the Vandas, but seriously, I never really drench the plant at all in winter. Maybe it is luck that it has not died but I guess that the humidity also helps it along during this time, so I would say that yes, to much water may have been the reason yours refused to flower or even, to little light in winter. Hope this helps, if you'd like more info I am happy to oblige.
    RON-NY, yes! that is an unusual colour and could not resist buying it when I saw it. I already have the white and maroon lip and the standard pink but this one just blew me away.
    BRUTAL DREAMER, this little plant is the compactum form and thus it does not take up much room, I will take a photo today of the plant with reference point so you can see how little it is, hence why I posted this thread as I believe these would make much better subjects for windowsill culture rather than the standard form of biggibum, which you are right in saying that the do get huge!!! he he.... I also have Dendrobium discolor in my greenhouse and this little guy is quickly becoming very large, give this seedling another year and it will be up to most of the height of the Vandas!!! then I will be in trouble....
    Thanks for the comments guys, always appreciate them and look forward to them.
    Will post another photo to show plant size.
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    As promised, here is a photo of the plants for you to check out BD. As you can see they don't grow that big the compactums.
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    As promised, here is a photo of the plants for you to check out BD. As you can see they don't grow that big the compactums.
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    Very nice! Thanks for taking that shot!

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    isn't that the most unusual colouration... very nice!

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    Thank you and yes, it is rather odd colouring isn't it? I was very torn between two that I had to choose from as one had better colour and the other better shape....turns out I opted for the colour as this one had much more defined areas and shape was pretty good I think.
    Hate it when there are choices!!! he he he...
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    Love the colouration on this one.

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