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Reluctant Den. Kingianuns

This is a discussion on Reluctant Den. Kingianuns within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; I have several den. Kingianums they grow beautifully and form lots of Keike but never ...

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    Question Reluctant Den. Kingianuns

    I have several den. Kingianums they grow beautifully and form lots of Keike but never bloom. I have them under lights and near window but since my Phals. And pansy orchids do very well there I an thinking perhaps they are not getting enought light. Any opinions from you in the know will be greatly appreciated!

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    Have you ever given the den kingianum a winter's rest?

    It is my understanding that they do want one. Halloween to Valentine's Day. Water infrequently with plain water, give it cool temps and lots of light. Begin watering and fertilizing normally once new growth starts around Val Day.

    That is how I am going to treat my den kingianums.

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    In my experience, kingianum needs lots of light and a cool rest period. The rest period is defined more by a break from fertilizers as opposed to a break from water. Water is fine, but being that the plant isn't actively growing and temps should be cool, you would use much less anyway. They grow well in just about any conditions. Some clones are just tricky to flower.
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    I keep Den. kingianum outside until a frost is predicted. They will actually take temps down into the 28F (-3C) area but I just don't have the ability to see an orchid in those temperatures. After I bring it in I keep it pretty dry and against the glass so it is as cold as possible. This is one of the most hardy epiphytic plants in existence.

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    i grow mine outdoors. south facing, full morning sun, bright light rest of day. they need a good winter rest. dry, and cold in order to flower. my winter overnight lows get down to mid 40s f. they like it. in winter they get more sun and almost no water, only if they get too sickly thin. they plump up a bit in spring when i start watering again, but not until i see buds coming out. if they are growing well, they may be getting enough light, but not flowering due to the lack of dry cool rest over winter. dec through march i keep mine pretty dry. especially when it will be cold at night. i get a few keikeis and a ton of flowers. i'm not sure about grow lights though. i would put your kingi in a nice south facing window for winter, or maybe east or west where they will get sun for a few hours but not be in sun all day. and close to the glass but not touching so they don't freeze, but can feel a bit of chill especially at night. i have read on several websites that too much water in winter can cause too much keikis and few flowers, and i have read that cool winters produce more flowers than just dry rest. i have given both and found dry/cool to be the way to get the most flowers. most of my bulbs put out 3 flower stems each. the first winter it was very nerve wracking and i felt abusive. but that april i lost count at 24 stems. got more this past spring, as the plant is expanding. this year's new growths are over 14" tall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coeruleo View Post
    i grow mine outdoors. south facing, full morning sun, bright light rest of day. they need a good winter rest. dry, and cold in order to flower. my winter overnight lows get down to mid 40s f. they like it. in winter they get more sun and almost no water, only if they get too sickly thin. they plump up a bit in spring when i start watering again, but not until i see buds coming out. if they are growing well, they may be getting enough light, but not flowering due to the lack of dry cool rest over winter. dec through march i keep mine pretty dry. especially when it will be cold at night. i get a few keikeis and a ton of flowers. i'm not sure about grow lights though. i would put your kingi in a nice south facing window for winter, or maybe east or west where they will get sun for a few hours but not be in sun all day. and close to the glass but not touching so they don't freeze, but can feel a bit of chill especially at night. i have read on several websites that too much water in winter can cause too much keikis and few flowers, and i have read that cool winters produce more flowers than just dry rest. i have given both and found dry/cool to be the way to get the most flowers. most of my bulbs put out 3 flower stems each. the first winter it was very nerve wracking and i felt abusive. but that april i lost count at 24 stems. got more this past spring, as the plant is expanding. this year's new growths are over 14" tall.

    Thank you to everyone who responded. I suspected the light but not the cold. I have done some reading on their care but missed the cold/rest suggestions. Perhaps I will put mine outside for awhile this fall. I do have window shelves in a spare room that I am not using that will be a perfect area for simply being...even turn the heat way down in that room.
    Thank you again
    Starr

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