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This is a discussion on Dend unicum within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; That one's beautiful Ron. I think I'll have to put it on my list too. ...
That one's beautiful Ron. I think I'll have to put it on my list too.
Gorgeous! Maybe I just need to move into your greenhouse, Ron....so many of your plants end up on my list! LOL
you should see my wish list
There should be no need to cut the old canes unless you see any signs of infection that could risk the entire plant.
The old canes on my plant just shrivel and slowly fade completely.
I follow the usual "nobile" dendrobium culture for me Den. unicum. Heavy watering and regular feeding from April-September when the canes/leaves are in active growth and then switch to just occational misting in October. Then absolutely no water from November up to March (or until new canes start to grow).
The "No watering" part makes some gardeners nervous and it is tempting to give the plant some water. But these plants seem to really like that dry period in the winter time.
I never give a a total dry winter rest to this one but it is mounted on cork, so it would dry quickly anyways, plus the root system does not seem to be active on it to be capable of absorbing any water. I have a couple of dends that I have not watered since November and they are still in a dry rest.
Wonderful pictures of a truly beautiful orchid. Way to grow.
I like it very much.. Definitely on wish list.