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Dendrobium kinginaum

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    my first rebloom on this one. i don't usually get pink orchids or dendrobiums, but i smelled this long before i saw it, and had to have it. in the sun, they smell incredible. and i mean it, incredible. after getting it, i found it may or may not require and extremely dry winter rest, which seems to be highly debated. i gave it pretty rough treatment, thought maybe it had killed it at one point. almost no water from 11-12 to 2-1-13. watered twice that whole time, and only when i really thought it might die. during that time it also fell, shattering a few shriveled little stick-bulbs. it really was thin and wiry looking. but it sprang back and into bloom with just a few deep waterings. it has been getting morning sun all winter outdoors, with bright shade the rest of the day. the leaves really didn't change much, just got a little paler, like more olive colored, and now there are only a few keikis growing, it had a ton before the fall that broke off and dried up. there are at least 4 more spikes coming, and a few new growths coming form the base, they are more purple looking than the older growths.

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    I like the color and the from , what is the fragrance like?

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    Love the pink color and the pattern of the lip.

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    the sweet fragrance is wonderful!!

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    these have a very sweet and very powerful fragrance, in bright light. no scent at all at night, and almost nothing on a cloudy day.

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    I used to have 6 different clones of kingianum. The now late, Dr. Wilford Neptune was an online friend of mine and he shared multi keikis of some of his awarded clones. Just love the fragrance!
    The culture notes that Dr Neptune shared with me is: if one wishes it to bloom to its fullest potential, then it MUST be grown cool (min nite temp in Fall and Winter below 50F); maximum lite; lots of water when
    growing; and lots of food, but never in a high N ratio. He said that he put his outdoors in the spring in full east light and brought them back in in late fall (he lived in the Boston area) He had told me that some clones will bloom if watered all year but others require a dry rest from end of November until the spikes break their sheaths in the late winter/early spring. I gave mine a total dry rest in a cool spot with the brightest light I could give them for their winter rest. They always bloomed in the spring. There may have been some shriveling of the canes but they plumped back up after watering was restarted in the spring. He also said that all keikis should be removed once the plant bloomed.

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    Sweet dendrobium blooms! Love the cute shape and color!

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    !I love both color and its form
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    this year will be a bit of a test. although i did reduce watering, i did not go as severe as last year. last year it had over 20 spikes over the course of about 2 months. it was amazing. it is just now beginning to show some swelling nodes where eventually flowers or new keikis will grow. i did manage to keep a few keikis alive and get them establishing in a small pot. one of them is putting up a new growth. i have also tried putting a few keikis in one of my 'orchid trees' made of tree fern pots. they have not died yet, but don't look too good either. if they don't make it i will attempt to move the other keikis to that spot. the keikis don't seem to grow much roots on their own. i think the scent of their flowers is like a jasmine. very sweet... very strong but never ever unpleasantly so. several times last year i noticed neighbors stopping outside my balcony to enjoy their scent. one thing i noticed is that the new growths from last year that came from the base of the plant are almost twice as long. going from about 5-7" to well over 12" long. i had thought some were keikis and then on close examination i found they were not. not sure how much larger it will get over time, but still a smallish plant compared to many others. i will repot the plant after blooming this year, as it came potted in potting soil... but it is doing ok. probably because the roots are so short, they maybe don't grow down in to the soil and get moldy, but seem to stay near the tops where it dries faster. i might put it into a nice basket or something.

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