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Aggregatum - another lesson learned

This is a discussion on Aggregatum - another lesson learned within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; I've read dendrobiums like to be crowded and not divided. But stubborn me divided this ...

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    Default Aggregatum - another lesson learned

    I've read dendrobiums like to be crowded and not divided. But stubborn me divided this aggregatum because it was busting out of the basket it was in. One division looks very healthy, nice new growth but no blooms this year. The other division looks mad - pseudobulbs shriveled but produced 2 spikes never the less but they are quite small this year. Should have left it alone!
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    It will look even better next year!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JDT View Post
    It will look even better next year!
    Thanks Jack! I look forward to that!

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    They look so nice in the basket!
    How is the care? You water them in the same way as if they were pot grown or it is more like a mount style? I mean, watering frequency, drying time etc. I saw some great baskets at the nearby orchid nursery but I know nothing about the orchid culture in baskets yet. But looking forward to move mine to the basket than to a mount in the future, right now it is in a pot.
    Though in Florida there are quite different growing conditions than where I live.

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    Good flower count on the spikes you did get!

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    Looks nice. Sure it would do better next season.

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    Great observations, Sheryl.

    With sympodials, we often say we have "a plant of ..." when in reality, its a colony of plants. Being connected via the rhizomes, they work together to share water, nutrients (not calcium and boron so much, which is why they must be regularly provided), and energy to support each other. There is definitely "strength in numbers".

    There's a reason those large specimen plants look so good - not only are there more growths, but they can, as a result of that, perform much better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theflowerbread View Post
    They look so nice in the basket!
    How is the care? You water them in the same way as if they were pot grown or it is more like a mount style? I mean, watering frequency, drying time etc. I saw some great baskets at the nearby orchid nursery but I know nothing about the orchid culture in baskets yet. But looking forward to move mine to the basket than to a mount in the future, right now it is in a pot.
    Though in Florida there are quite different growing conditions than where I live.
    I'm not so sure I'm the one to ask about growing care as I really am a novice. When I purchased this orchid about 5 years ago, it was in a basket so I have just carried on from there. When I divided it, I made sure there was a mixture of moss and bark as the original basket had. I water about every three days as the moss dries quickly since it is in the basket. It has bloomed for me nicely this way in the past so hopefully these new divisions will continue the tradition.

    Anyone else who could comment on this for truly proper care instructions would be greatly appreciated!

    And as Ray so graciously pointed out above, dividing them is not the smartest move. Love this forum - I'm learning so much!

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    I have found Den.lindleyi(syn.aggregatum) to be one of the easiest species dendrobiums to grow.It responds well to being divided but on the proviso that the divisions are not over-potted.Even so, I class it as almost unkillable in the right conditions.I think it is a great beginner's orchid.

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