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new arrival Den. kingianum

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    Default new arrival Den. kingianum

    This arrived this morning, the flowers are a lot paler than some I have seen but I still love it, it came bare root wrapped in perlite in a bag around the roots so I potted him up in bark which was hard as I am struggling to get it stable. I so hope this little one survives and grows as I think it is beautiful.
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    You will love this orchid. It will grow very large. To help with stability, try setting this orchid's pot into a larger ceramic or clay pot. Just make sure it can still drain well.

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    oh my! have I room for a very large orchid I will make room for this guy as I love him ,good idea with the pot for the plastic pot stability thank you but what I meant was that the cane isnt very stable in the medium as I didnt want to set it too deep but now it wobbles! I didnt explain myself properly, I am paranoid about rot after losing two phals to that malady. Thank you for the reply and I will test my skills if I can reflower him next spring!

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    Oh, sorry. Well, when I repot an orchid that has very few roots or is top heavy for the medium, I take a wire stake and bend it in the shape of an "L" an tie the roots to the lower part of the "L" and bury that into the medium. It if is really wobbly, I sometimes take a couple other pieces of wire and make 'Legs' by tying the wire to the "L' shape in different directions to create a stable pole sticking up out of the center of the bark mix.


    Of course, you could simply put two or three stakes into the pot and tie the orchid canes in different directions too.
    Good luck!

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    Thank you so much, great idea, I will see what I can make up or more to the point what my husband can make up!

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    Good to see the plant in blooms, very cute my suggestion if the roots system is not established better cut the flower to restore the food/ energy for the new growth.

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    Thank you Zainal for the advice it has roots but the cane with the flowers on is an individual cane and then there are 3 non flowering canes together the 3 non flowering canes have a better root system so I will have a think and see if I can bring myself to chop the flowers. I do see your point and I will have to be strong and maybe do as you suggest.

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    I have den. kingianum var. alba. My plant did not bloom yet, but I hope to see it blooming very soon.
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    I think your plant is very beautiful. Happy growing!

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    It's gorgeous!!

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    I read the kingianum family prefers small pots, tight for their roots. My own plant is growing in a small clay pot. I usually use shipping pop corn for drainage, but in this case I had to put some small pebbles on the bottom of the pot.

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