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Dendrobium bronckartii

This is a discussion on Dendrobium bronckartii within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; At very long last I see flowers on this species. I guess I have been ...

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    At very long last I see flowers on this species. I guess I have been growing it as a flowering size plant for at least 4 years , and this is the first flowering. This section of dendrobes has hard bulbs (canes) and leathery fo;liage. They do nothing for month after month ; one wonders whether to water or not ( don't ! ) Eventually they do produce a new growqth which quickly makes a cane, and then they go back to sleep again. Flowering has eventually been induced by giving it 7 months without water. The canes have not shrivelled at all !

    I could easily have missed it . The spike only emerged from a tight bud a couple of weeks ago , and now it's open ; maybe it has flowered before, whilst I have been away from home for a few week ! But I doubt it, I would have seen the remains. I suspect that the flower life will only be a week or so - in which case it is for the chop- the space would be better filled by something else. But we'll see.

    IOSPEand others ( e.g.Baker) lump it with D/amabile , D.furcatum and other species , and if you are lucky enough with your searching, you find that the plants with the various names come from widely spaced locations. Maybe a case of parallel evolution ? otherwise one has to imagine that once the single species stretched over a very wide area, and has since died out in all the intervening places.

    But as my great-grandson has now learnt to say as his favourite word - "whatever"....

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    It is interesting to find an orchid in bloom that seems to never bloom. I love the presentation of the blooms on this dendrobium. Glad you found it in bloom and shared it with us.

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    Love the crystalline texture. Very pretty!

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    Now that's how I like my Dendrobium blooms.....................sunny side up! Geoff your posted narrative was not only interesting and useful, but entertaining as well. I would not of know to withhold water for that many months to induce the bloom cycle. When I look at your experimentation I think to myself that I am to cautious at times and need to vary my treatment of some of my orchids more. Appreciate the information and beautiful bloom photos. AL

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    Very beautiful! 7 months without watering and the p-bulbs have not shrivelled! Your English weather must be very kind to this dendrobe. Any way congratulations on blooming this very beautiful dendrobium.

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    Lovely blooms and appreciate the info that came with it. Thanks Geoff.

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    Nice species, i couldn't resist watering em, lol.

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    spectacular!!! 7 months no water...sounds like my kinda plant!!!

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