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Australian Dendrobiums

This is a discussion on Australian Dendrobiums within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; I went to the Gosford Orchid Fair last Saturday and one of the amazing things ...

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    I went to the Gosford Orchid Fair last Saturday and one of the amazing things about the show was the amount of Australian Native Dendrobiums on show.. also, these have the most amazing fragrance.. so strong yet not overpowering.

    1. Dendrobium cacatua 'Granny's Creek' - this should probably be called Dendrobium tetragonum fma cacatua.. basically the alba form of the tetragonum species.




    2. Dendrobium Hilda Poxon 'Ah Leh' - this is a very popular hybrid between Dend tetragonum and Dend speciosum which are two cool growing species. The number of varieties of speciosums means that one can have a very varied collection of plants just based on this grex.




    3. Dendrobium Anne's Rainbow Surprise 'Dustie' - the introduction of the species Dend bigibbum to the hybrid has added colour to the mix... these are sometimes referred to as Hot/Cold mix (seeing as bigibbum prefers a little warmer temps). These plants are pretty cool tolerant though esp if they are given a dryer conditions in winter.




    4. Dendrobium Crooky 'Plum' - another of the hot/cold hybrid... this time with mainly Dend speciosum (50%) with only 12.5% bigibbum, and yet the colour still comes through very well.




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    5. Dendrobium Aussie Angel x Jim Beck - yet another of the holt/cold mixes... this has 12.5% bigibbum, and the rest is mainly kingianum (43.75%) with a bit of tetragonum and speciosum... so this should be pretty cold tolerant.



    well that's all folks. Hope you enjoy getting to know some Aussies


    cheers
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    I'm breathless....love,love,love they all. especially Anne's Rainbow Surprise 'Dustie' and Dendrobium Aussie Angel x Jim Beck . thanks Tim

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    Those are beautiful flowers.
    I may have to just admire them from a distance though. Since I don't think Australian orchids would thrive in my local climate.

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    So beautiful!!! I love them all!!! Does it mean I can't grow Dend speciosum?! I have a baby and I tought it's doing good...?!

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    We grow the Den Jim Beck parent of that last one. They are all really beautiful!!

    Cheers,
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    Glad you like it Rosalia... the Jim Beck cross is also my favourite.. hence why it was last...

    Keen to see what the Jim Beck parent looks like Bruce... it's mostly kingianum, so I'd imagine it would be very similar in appearance.

    Margo and John, these are the most tolerant plants I know... we get really cold in winter, and really hot in summer (some days it is 40 celsius!). Look for plants with a lot of kingianum in it, that will also speed up the time it takes to flowering.

    cheers
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    The first two are simply amazing ! They look more like bulbos. Anyways just a curiosity, can dend and bulbos be crossed ??

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    wow, the aussies showing off!
    the dendro hilda is fantastic!!!

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    Those are absolutely gorgeous, I have just been pondering what to do with my cool dends ffor a cooling down period and have decided not to buy any more cool thriving plants as I grow indoors and cant facilitate a cool period as all are small plants and will get blown over outside ( already found that out when my two cymb outside dwellers got blown over) I transfered the cymbs into clay pots and so far they have remained vertical. we have access to a greenhouse though so they might spend a couple of weeks in there come autumn. I was a begginer totally when I bought the cool growers not thinking that growing in the home would not get cool enough, I have a cool window but that I learnt might be drafty which they would not like. Its all learning though and now I know better than to buy cool liking ones.

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    Love them all! Can't even pick a favorite.

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