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Dendrobium farmeri

This is a discussion on Dendrobium farmeri within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Originally Posted by Dorsetman Hi Zain ; I am just trying to get to grips ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorsetman View Post
    Hi Zain ; I am just trying to get to grips with the many dendrobium species I grow, every one of which seem to need treatment different from the next one, and treating them all the same would mean that some flourish, and others never flower.
    I think I ought to dry D.farmeri, after the growth is complete, and keep it bone dry for several months ; do you agree with this, or if not, what do you suggest ?
    I completely disagree as far as I'm concern D. farmeri got 2 varieties pink and semialba. Those pink pink variety very stingy to show off their beauties as compared to pink. In the wild especially in Nothern part of Peninsular they blooms at least 2 to 3 times a year and most of them flowers during dry season when they got optimal sunlight. For your information they grow on the tree branches including the surfaces of the rock. Night time always very cold with the temperature between 20 to 23 degree Cel. To completely dry the medium is not advisable as you may kill him or the growth start to cease. I wish you need to give extra light in order to encourage bud formation as here they received more than 6 hours almost everyday. Just have a look wild farmeri growing in the wild can see the old spikes too.
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    I have seen farmeri growing in situ in my home state of Kedah, namely in the Langkawi Islands and in the Muda Forest Reserve.
    and as Zainal mentioned they grow on the trees and rocks too. The places where they grow are quite exposed and receive a large amount of sunlight. Indeed on a small hillock in the Pedu area of the Muda Forest Reserve, we have 2 varieties of farmeri growing on a very huge boulder, completely exposed to the sun! As to whether they need a dry period ....... well, we have at least 3 months of dry weather from Dec to Feb. I grow my farmeri together with all my other orchids and water them twice a day (unless it rains) and the farmeri seem to be growing well and bloom every season without fail. I guess they are very adaptable.

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    Zain and Yew-Sung. Thank you both. I do use supplementary lighting, to give more (good)light in the winter months for some of my orchids . I used so-called "full spectrum" lamps, 400watt, with metal ballasts, and at one time had four of them running 10 or 11 hours a day. But the electricity cost got to be too much - seemed to double every year, so I scrapped them a couple of years ago. Since then I have been experimenting with LED lighting where I can possibly get a similar effect with much lower power consumption ; there has been some interesting research showing that not all parts of white light are needed or important for plant growth, so my LEDs have some infra-red, some red, some blue, and some white - but the effect cannot be measured with a photometer, so it is trial and error for me.
    Currently I have all my cattleyas under one such LED array, and am just rigging up two more, which will give space to provide Dend.farmeri and others with extra light in our dark winter months . But I'll keep spraying them at least, in view of your comments.
    Thanks again.

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